It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
A man cannot lay down the right of resisting them that assault him by force, to take away his life.
A wise man should so write (though in words understood by all men) that wise men only should be able to commend him.
A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.
No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.
Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.