Words are the money of fools.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.
The right of nature... is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.
I am about to take my last voyage. A great leap in the dark.
The privilege of absurdity; to which no living creature is subject but man only.
Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
Opinion of ghosts, ignorance of second causes, devotion to what men fear, and talking of things casual for prognostics, consisteth the natural seeds of religion.
Words are wise men's counters, they do but reckon by them: But they are the money of fools, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other doctor whatsoever, if but a man.
For it is with the mysteries of our religion, as with wholesome pills for the sick, which swallowed whole, have the virtue to cure; but chewed, are for the most part cast up again without effect.
The science which teacheth arts and handicrafts is merely science for the gaining of a living; but the science which teacheth deliverance from worldly existence, is not that the true science?
The power of a man, to take it universally, is his present means, to obtain some future apparent good; and is either original or instrumental.
Desire to know why, and how - curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge - exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.
They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.
Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.
War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.
Words are the counters of wise men, and the money of fools.
A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "Facts". They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.