It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability.
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.
Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.
Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being.
Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.
Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Be not penny-wise. Riches have wings. Sometimes they fly away of themselves, and sometimes they must be set flying to bring in more.
Mysteries are due to secrecy.
The French are wiser than they seem, and the Spaniards seem wiser than they are.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
Nature is commanded by obeying her.
Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Opportunity makes a thief.
Many a man's strength is in opposition, and when he faileth, he grows out of use.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.
Who ever is out of patience is out of possession of their soul.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
The poets did well to conjoin music and medicine, because the office of medicine is but to tune the curious harp of man's body.
It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.
It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is a freedom.
The brain's calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness.
Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future.
No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist.
Might does not make right, it only makes history.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.
Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
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