Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another’s.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn’t have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.
Prevention is better than cure.
Great abundance of riches cannot be gathered and kept by any man without sin.