A man’s library consists of the good books he has that
no one wants to borrow.
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities,
but to make them.
Honour is most capricious in her rewards. She feeds us
with air, and often pulls down our house to build our
Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery.
Law and equity are two things which God hath joined,
but which man hath put as under.
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die
for it; anything but live not for it.
Mystery magnifies danger as the fog of the sun.
Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder and also
Rainbow, the smiling daughter of the storm.
Secrecy has been well termed the soul of all great
designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing
our own intentions than by discovering those of our
enemies, but great men succeed in both.
Some read to think– these are rare; some to writethese
are common; some to talk, and these form the
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life by
indifference, which is the most common; by philosophy,
which is the more ostentatious, and by religion, which is
the most effectual.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation : to
be praised by honest men, and to be abused by
rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former.
There is nothing more imprudent than excessive