--A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.--A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.--A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.--A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.--Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.--For also knowledge itself is power.--If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.--It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral.--It is impossible to love and to be wise. (Russell)--Knowledge and human power are synonymous.--Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to bechewed and digest --Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.--People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.--Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted... but to weigh and consider.--Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed,or crushed.--I have taken all knowledge to be my province.--Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom///--Silence is the virtue of fools.--The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.--Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.--Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.--There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.--Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
--Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.-- One of the most powerful sources of false belief is envy.--Pride of a race is even more harmful than national pride.-- To realize the unimportance of time is the gate to wisdom.-- As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely uponauthority, there is no end to our troubles.-- Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.-- I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
-- If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years-- In the part of this universe that we know there is great injustice, and often thegood suffer, and often the wicked prosper, and one hardly knows which of thoseis the more annoying.-- No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.-- The main things which seem to me important on their own account, and not merely as means to other things, are knowledge, art, instinctive happiness, and relations of friendship or affection.--
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always socertain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.