Opportunity makes a thief.
People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can't fool the neighbors.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider.
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Rebellions of the belly are the worst.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.
Science is but an image of the truth.
Seek ye first the good things of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied or its loss will not be felt.
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Studies perfect nature and are perfected still by experience.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
The correlative to loving our neighbors as ourselves is hating ourselves as we hate our neighbors.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.