If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy
He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
All great achievements require time.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
The first thing you'll have to do, is the last thing you wished.
Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Each day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth; every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and sleep a little death.
Be realistic: Plan for a miracle
Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.