If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
You always admire what you really don't understand.
We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
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.
All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
Only idiots refuse to change their minds.
A friend to all is a friend to none