To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.''.
If God were not a necessary Being of Himself, He might also seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs nothing.
Zeal is fit for wise men, but flourishes chiefly among fools.
Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.
They who are in the highest places, and have the most power, have the least liberty, because they are the most observed.
So that we pursue the happiness of this world just as little Children chase birds, when we think we are come very near it and have it almost in our hands it flies farther from us than it was at first.
Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.
The art of using deceit and cunning grow continually weaker and less effective to the user.
The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretenses are transparent.