With Five Etchings

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A child should not be brought up in his mother's lap

A gallant man does not give over his pursuit for being refused

A generous heart ought not to belie its own thoughts

A hundred more escape us than ever come to our knowledge

A lady could not boast of her chastity who was never tempted

A little cheese when a mind to make a feast

A little thing will turn and divert us

A man may always study, but he must not always go to school

A man may govern himself well who cannot govern others so

A man may play the fool in everything else, but not in poetry

A man must either imitate the vicious or hate them

A man must have courage to fear

A man never speaks of himself without loss

A man should abhor lawsuits as much as he may

A man should diffuse joy, but, as much as he can, smother grief

A man's accusations of himself are always believed

A parrot would say as much as that

A person's look is but a feeble warranty

A well-bred man is a compound man

A well-governed stomach is a great part of liberty

A word ill taken obliterates ten years' merit

Abhorrence of the patient are necessary circumstances

Abominate that incidental repentance which old age brings

Accept all things we are not able to refute

Accommodated my subject to my strength

Accursed be thou, as he that arms himself for fear of death

Accusing all others of ignorance and imposition

Acquiesce and submit to truth

Acquire by his writings an immortal life

Addict thyself to the study of letters

Addresses his voyage to no certain, port

Admiration is the foundation of all philosophy

Advantageous, too, a little to recede from one's right

Advise to choose weapons of the shortest sort

Affect words that are not of current use

Affection towards their husbands, (not) until they have lost them

Affirmation and obstinacy are express signs of want of wit

Affright people with the very mention of death

Against my trifles you could say no more than I myself have said

Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face

Agesilaus, what he thought most proper for boys to learn?

Agitated betwixt hope and fear

Agitation has usurped the place of reason

Alexander said, that the end of his labour was to labour

All actions equally become and equally honour a wise man

All apprentices when we come to it (death)

All defence shows a face of war

All I aim at is, to pass my time at my ease

All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice

All judgments in gross are weak and imperfect

All over-nice solicitude about riches smells of avarice

All things have their seasons, even good ones

All think he has yet twenty good years to come

All those who have authority to be angry in my family


Always be parading their pedantic science

Always complaining is the way never to be lamented

Always the perfect religion

Am as jealous of my repose as of my authority

An advantage in judgment we yield to none

"An emperor," said he, "must die standing"

An ignorance that knowledge creates and begets

Ancient Romans kept their youth always standing at school

And hate him so as you were one day to love him

And we suffer the ills of a long peace

Anger and hatred are beyond the duty of justice

Any argument if it  be carried on with method

Any old government better than change and alteration

Any one may deprive us of life; no one can deprive us of death

Anything appears greatest to him that never knew a greater

Anything becomes foul when commended by the multitude

Anything of value in him, let him make it appear in his conduct

Appetite comes to me in eating

Appetite is more sharp than one already half-glutted by the eyes

Appetite runs after that it has not

Appetite to read more, than glutted with that we have

Applaud his judgment than commend his knowledge

Apprenticeship and a resemblance of death

Apprenticeships that are to be served beforehand

Apt to promise something less than what I am able to do

Archer that shoots over, misses as much as he that falls short

Armed parties (the true school of treason, inhumanity,  robbery

Arrogant ignorance

Art that could come to the knowledge of but few persons

"Art thou not ashamed," said he to him, "to sing so well?"

Arts of persuasion, to insinuate it into our minds

As great a benefit to be without (children)

As if anything were so common as ignorance

As if impatience were of itself a better remedy than patience

As we were formerly by crimes, so we are now overburdened by law

Ashamed to lay out as much thought and study upon it

Assurance they give us of the certainty of their drugs

At least, if they do no good, they will do no harm

At the most, but patch you up, and prop you a little

Attribute facility of belief to simplicity and ignorance

Attribute to itself; all the happy successes that happen

Authority of the number and antiquity of the witnesses

Authority to be dissected by the vain fancies of men

Authority which a graceful presence and a majestic mien beget

Avoid all magnificences that will in a short time be forgotten

Away with that eloquence that enchants us with itself

Away with this violence!  away with this compulsion!

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age

Be not angry to no purpose

Be on which side you will, you have as fair a game to play

Bears well a changed fortune, acting both parts equally well

Beast of company, as the ancient said, but not of the herd

Beauty of stature is the only beauty of men

Because the people know so well how to obey

Become a fool by too much wisdom

Being as impatient of commanding as of being commanded

Being dead they were then by one day happier than he

Being over-studious, we impair our health and spoil our humour

Belief compared to the impression of a seal upon the soul

Believing Heaven concerned at our ordinary actions

Best part of a captain to know how to make use of occasions

Best test of truth is the multitude of believers in a crowd

Best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice

Better at speaking than writing--Motion and action animate word

better have none at all than to have them in so prodigious a num

Better to be alone than in foolish and troublesome company

Blemishes of the great naturally appear greater

Books go side by side with me in my whole course

Books have many charming qualities to such as know how to choose

Books have not so much served me for instruction as exercise

Books I read over again, still smile upon me with  fresh novelty

Books of things that were never either studied or understood

Both himself and his posterity declared ignoble, taxable

Both kings and philosophers go to stool

Burnt and roasted for opinions taken upon trust from others

Business to-morrow

But ill proves the honour and beauty of an action by its utility

But it is not enough that our education does not spoil us

By resenting the lie we acquit ourselves of the fault

By suspecting them, have given them a title to do ill

By the gods," said he, "if I was not angry, I would execute you

By the misery of this life, aiming at bliss in another

Caesar: he would be thought an excellent engineer to boot

Caesar's choice of death: "the shortest"

Can neither keep nor enjoy anything with a good grace

Cannot stand the liberty of a friend's advice

Carnal appetites only supported by use and exercise

Cato said: So many servants, so many enemies

Ceremony forbids us to express by words things that are lawful

Certain other things that people hide only to show them

Change is to be feared

Change of fashions

Change only gives form to injustice and tyranny

Cherish themselves most where they are most wrong

Chess: this idle and childish game

Chiefly knew himself to be mortal by this act

Childish ignorance of many very ordinary things

Children are amused with toys and men with words

Cicero: on fame

Civil innocence is measured according to times and places

Cleave to the side that stood most in need of her

cloak on one shoulder, my cap on one side, a stocking disordered

College: a real house of correction of imprisoned youth

Coming out of the same hole

Commit themselves to the common fortune

Common consolation, discourages and softens me

Common friendships will admit of division

Conclude the depth of my sense by its obscurity

Concluding no beauty can be greater than what they see

Condemn all violence in the education of a tender soul

Condemn the opposite affirmation equally

Condemnations have I seen more criminal than the crimes

Condemning wine, because some people will be drunk

Confession enervates reproach and disarms slander

Confidence in another man's virtue

Conscience makes us betray, accuse, and fight against ourselves

Conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature

Consent, and complacency in giving a man's self up to melancholy

Consoles himself upon the utility and eternity of his writings

Content: more easily found in want than in abundance

Counterfeit condolings of pretenders

Courageous in death, not because his soul is immortal--Socrates

Courtesy and good manners is a very necessary study

Crafty humility that springs from presumption

Crates did worse, who threw himself into the liberty of poverty

Cruelty is the very extreme of all vices

Culling out of several books the sentences that best please me

Curiosity and of that eager passion for news

Curiosity of knowing things has been given to man for a scourge

"Custom," replied Plato, "is no little thing"

Customs and laws make justice

Dangerous  man you have deprived of all means to escape

Dangers do, in truth, little or nothing hasten our end

Dearness is a good sauce to meat

Death can, whenever we please, cut short inconveniences

Death conduces more to birth and augmentation than to loss

Death discharges us of all our obligations

Death has us every moment by the throat

Death is a part of you

Death is terrible to Cicero, coveted by Cato

Death of old age the most rare and very seldom seen

Deceit maintains and supplies most men's employment

Decree that says, "The court understands nothing of the matter"

Defence allures attempt, and defiance provokes an enemy

Defend most the defects with which we are most tainted

Defer my revenge to another and better time

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Deformity of the first cruelty makes me abhor all imitation

Delivered into our own custody the keys of life

Denying all solicitation, both of hand and mind

Depend as much upon fortune as anything else we do

Desire of riches is more sharpened by their use than by the need

Desire of travel

Desires, that still increase as they are fulfilled

Detest in others the defects which are more manifest in us

Did my discourses came only from my mouth or from my heart

Did not approve all sorts of means to obtain a victory

Die well--that is, patiently and tranquilly

Difference betwixt memory and understanding

Difficulty gives all things their estimation

Dignify our fopperies when we commit them to the press

Diogenes, esteeming us no better than flies or bladders

Discover what there is of good and clean in the bottom of the po

Disdainful, contemplative, serious and grave as the ass

Disease had arrived at its period or an effect of chance?

Disgorge what we eat in the same condition it was swallowed

Disguise, by their abridgments and at their own choice

Dissentient and tumultuary drugs

Diversity of medical arguments and opinions embraces all

Diverting the opinions and conjectures of the people

Do not much blame them for making their advantage of our folly

Do not to pray that all things may go as we would have them

Do not, nevertheless, always believe myself

Do thine own work, and know thyself

Doctors: more felicity and duration in their own lives?

Doctrine much more intricate and fantastic than the thing itself

Dost thou, then, old man, collect food for others' ears?

Doubt whether those (old writings) we have be not the worst

Doubtful ills plague us worst

Downright and sincere obedience

Drugs being in its own nature an enemy to our health

Drunkeness a true and certain trial of every one's nature

Dying appears to him a natural and indifferent accident

Each amongst you has made somebody cuckold

Eat your bread with the sauce of a more pleasing imagination


Education ought to be carried on with a severe sweetness

Effect and performance are not at all in our power

Either tranquil life, or happy death

Eloquence prejudices the subject it would advance

Emperor Julian, surnamed the Apostate

Endeavouring to be brief, I become obscure

Engaged in the avenues of old age, being already past forty

Enough to do to comfort myself, without having to console others

Enslave our own contentment to the power of another?

Enters lightly into a quarrel is apt to go as lightly out of it

Entertain us with fables: astrologers and physicians


Establish this proposition by authority and huffing

Evade this tormenting and unprofitable knowledge

Even the very promises of physic are incredible in themselves

Events are a very poor testimony of our worth and parts

Every abridgment of a good book is a foolish abridgment

Every day travels towards death; the last only arrives at it

Every government has a god at the head of it

Every man thinks himself sufficiently intelligent

Every place of retirement requires a walk

Everything has many faces and several aspects

Examine, who is better learned, than who is more learned

Excel above the common rate in frivolous things

Excuse myself from knowing anything which enslaves me to others

Executions rather whet than dull the edge of vices

Expresses more contempt and condemnation than the other

Extend their anger and hatred beyond the dispute in question

Extremity of philosophy is hurtful

Fabric goes forming and piling itself up from hand to hand

Fame: an echo, a dream, nay, the shadow of a dream

Fancy that others cannot believe otherwise than as he does

Fantastic gibberish of the prophetic canting

Far more easy and pleasant to follow than to lead

Fathers conceal their affection from their children

Fault not to discern how far a man's worth extends

Fault will be theirs for having consulted me

Fear and distrust invite and draw on offence

Fear is more importunate and insupportable than death itself

Fear of the fall more fevers me than the fall itself

Fear to lose a thing, which being lost, cannot be lamented?

Fear was not that I should do ill, but that I should do nothing

Fear: begets a terrible astonishment and confusion

Feared, lest disgrace should make such delinquents desperate

Feminine polity has a mysterious procedure

Few men have been admired by their own domestics

Few men have made a wife of a mistress, who have not repented it

First informed who were to be the other guests

First thing to be considered in love matters: a fitting time

Flatterer in your old age or in your sickness

Follies do not make me laugh, it is our wisdom which does

Folly and absurdity are not to be cured by bare admonition

Folly of gaping after future things

Folly satisfied with itself than any reason can reasonably be

Folly than to be moved and angry at the follies of the world

Folly to hazard that upon the uncertainty of augmenting it

Folly to put out their own light and shine by a borrowed lustre

For fear of the laws and report of men

For who ever thought he wanted sense?

Fortune heaped up five or six such-like incidents

Fortune rules in all things

Fortune sometimes seems to delight in taking us at our word

Fortune will still be mistress of events

Fox, who found fault with what he could not obtain

Friend, it is not now time to play with your nails

Friend, the hook will not stick in such soft cheese

Friendships that the law and natural obligation impose upon us

Fruits of public commotion are seldom enjoyed

Gain to change an ill condition for one that is uncertain

Gave them new and more plausible names for their excuse

Gentleman would play the fool to make a show of defence

Gently to bear the inconstancy of a lover

Gewgaw to hang in a cabinet or at the end of the tongue

Give but the rind of my attention

Give me time to recover my strength and health

Give the ladies a cruel contempt of our natural furniture

Give these young wenches the things they long for

Give us history, more as they receive it than as they believe it

Giving is an ambitious and authoritative quality

Glory and curiosity are the scourges of the soul

Go out of ourselves, because we know not how there to reside

Good does not necessarily succeed evil; another evil may succeed

Good to be certain and finite, and evil, infinite and uncertain

Got up but an inch upon the shoulders of the last, but one

Gradations above and below pleasure

Gratify the gods and nature by massacre and murder

Great presumption to be so fond of one's own opinions

Greatest apprehensions, from things unseen, concealed

Greatest talkers, for the most part, do nothing to purpose

Greedy humour of new and unknown things

Grief provokes itself

Gross impostures of religions

Guess at our meaning under general and doubtful terms

Happen to do anything commendable, I attribute it to fortune

Hard to resolve a man's judgment against the common opinions

Haste trips up its own heels, fetters, and stops itself

Hate all sorts of obligation and restraint

Hate remedies that are more troublesome than the disease itself

Have ever had a great respect for her I loved

Have more wherewith to defray my journey, than I have way to go

Have no other title left me to these things but by the ears

Have you ever found any who have been dissatisfied with dying?

Having too good an opinion of our own worth

He cannot be good, seeing he is not evil even to the wicked

He did not think mankind worthy of a wise man's concern

He felt a pleasure and delight in so noble an action

He judged other men by himself

He may employ his passion, who can make no use of his reason

He may well go a foot, they say, who leads his horse in his hand

He must fool it a little who would not be deemed wholly a fool

He should discern in himself, as well as in others

He took himself along with him

He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears

He who is only a good man that men may know it

He who lays the cloth is ever at the charge of the feast

He who lives everywhere, lives nowhere

He who provides for all, provides for nothing

He who stops not the start will never be able to stop the course

He will choose to be alone

Headache should come before drunkenness

Health depends upon the vanity and falsity of their promises

Health is altered and corrupted by their frequent prescriptions

Health to be worth purchasing by all the most painful cauteries

Hearing a philosopher talk of military affairs

Heat and stir up their imagination, and then we find fault

Help: no other effect than that of lengthening my suffering

High time to die when there is more ill than good in living

Hoary head and rivelled face of ancient usage

Hobbes said that if he Had been at college as long as others--

Hold a stiff rein upon suspicion

Home anxieties and a mind enslaved by wearing complaints

Homer: The only words that have motion and action

Honour of valour consists in fighting, not in subduing

How infirm and decaying material this fabric of ours is

How many and many times he has been mistaken in his own judgment

How many more have died before they arrived at thy age

How many several ways has death to surprise us?

How many things," said he, "I do not desire!"

How many worthy men have we known to survive their reputation

How much easier is it not to enter in than it is to get out

How much it costs him to do no worse

How much more insupportable and painful an immortal life

How uncertain duration these accidental conveniences are

Humble out of pride

Husbands hate their wives only because they themselves do wrong

I always find superfluity superfluous

I am a little tenderly distrustful of things that I wish

I am apt to dream that I dream

I am disgusted with the world I frequent

I am hard to be got out, but being once upon the road

I am no longer in condition for any great change

I am not to be cuffed into belief

I am plain and heavy, and stick to the solid and the probable

I am very glad to find the way beaten before me by others

I am very willing to quit the government of my house

I bequeath to Areteus the maintenance of my mother

I can more hardly believe a man's constancy than any virtue

I cannot well refuse to play with my dog

I content myself with enjoying the world without bustle

I dare not promise but that I may one day be so much a fool

I do not consider what it is now, but what it was then

I do not judge opinions by years

I do not much lament the dead, and should envy them rather

I do not say that 'tis well said, but well thought

I do not willingly alight when I am once on horseback

I enter into confidence with dying

I ever justly feared to raise my head too high

I every day hear fools say things that are not foolish

I find myself here fettered by the laws of ceremony

I find no quality so easy to counterfeit as devotion

I for my part always went the plain way to work

I grudge nothing but care and trouble

I had much rather die than live upon charity

I had rather be old a brief time, than be old before old age

I hail and caress truth in what quarter soever I find it

I hate all sorts of tyranny, both in word and deed

I hate poverty equally with pain

I have a great aversion from a novelty

"I have done nothing to-day"--"What? have you not lived?"

I have lived longer by this one day than I should have done

I have no mind to die, but I have no objection to be dead

I have not a wit supple enough to evade a sudden question

I have nothing of my own that satisfies my judgment

I honour those most to whom I show the least honour

I lay no great stress upon my opinions; or of others

I look upon death carelessly when I look upon it universally

I love stout expressions amongst gentle men

I love temperate and moderate natures

I need not seek a fool from afar; I can laugh at myself

I owe it rather to my fortune than my reason

I receive but little advice, I also give but little

I scorn to mend myself by halves

I see no people so soon sick as those who take physic

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare

I take hold of, as little glorious and exemplary as you will

I understand my men even by their silence and smiles

I was always superstitiously afraid of giving offence

I was too frightened to be ill

"I wish you good health"--"No health to thee" replied the other

I would as willingly be lucky as wise

I would be rich of myself, and not by borrowing

I write my book for few men and for few years

Idleness is to me a very painful labour

Idleness, the mother of corruption

If a passion once prepossess and seize me, it carries me away

If I am talking my best, whoever interrupts me, stops me

If I stand in need of anger and inflammation, I borrow it

If it be a delicious medicine, take it

If it be the writer's wit or borrowed from some other

If nature do not help a little, it is very hard

If they can only be kind to us out of pity

If they chop upon one truth, that carries a mighty report

If they hear no noise, they think men sleep

If to philosophise be, as 'tis defined, to doubt

Ignorance does not offend me, but the foppery of it

Impotencies that so unseasonably surprise the lover

Ill luck is good for something

Imagne the mighty will not abase themselves so much as to live

Imitating other men's natures, thou layest aside thy own

Immoderate either seeking or evading glory or reputation

Impose them upon me as infallible

Impostures: very strangeness lends them credit

Improperly we call this voluntary dissolution, despair

Impunity pass with us for justice

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In everything else a man may keep some decorum

In ordinary friendships I am somewhat cold and shy

In solitude, be company for thyself--Tibullus

In sorrow there is some mixture of pleasure

In the meantime, their halves were begging at their doors

In this last scene of death, there is no more counterfeiting

In those days, the tailor took measure of it

In war not to drive an enemy to despair

Inclination to love one another at the first sight

Inclination to variety and novelty common to us both

Incline the history to their own fancy

Inconsiderate excuses are a kind of self-accusation

Inconveniences that moderation brings (in civil war)

Indiscreet desire of a present cure, that so blind us

Indocile liberty of this member

Inquisitive after everything

Insensible of the stroke when our youth dies in us

Insert whole sections and pages out of ancient authors

Intelligence is required to be able to know that a man knows not

Intemperance is the pest of pleasure

Intended to get a new husband than to lament the old

Interdict all gifts betwixt man and wife

Interdiction incites, and who are more eager, being forbidden

It (my books) may know many things that are gone from me

It happens, as with cages, the birds without despair to get in

It is better to die than to live miserable

It is no hard matter to get children

It is not a book to read, 'tis a book to study and learn

It is not for outward show that the soul is to play its part

It's madness to nourish infirmity

Jealousy: no remedy but flight or patience

Judge by justice, and choose men by reason

Judge by the eye of reason, and not from common report

Judgment of duty principally lies in the will

Judgment of great things is many times formed from lesser thing

Justice als takes cognisance of those who glean after the reaper

Killing is good to frustrate an offence to come, not to revenge

Knock you down with the authority of their experience

Knot is not so sure that a man may not half suspect it will slip

Knowledge and truth may be in us without judgment

Knowledge is not so absolutely necessary as judgment

Knowledge of others, wherein the honour consists

Known evil was ever more supportable than one that was, new

Ladies are no sooner ours, than we are no more theirs

Language: obscure and unintelligible in wills and contracts

Lascivious poet: Homer

Last death will kill but a half or a quarter of a man

Law: breeder of altercation and division

Laws (of Plato on travel), which forbids it after threescore

Laws cannot subsist without mixture of injustice

Laws do what they can, when they cannot do what they would

Laws keep up their credit, not for being just--but as laws

Lay the fault on the voices of those who speak to me

Laying themselves low to avoid the danger of falling

Learn my own debility and the treachery of my understanding

Learn the theory from those who best know the practice

Learn what it is right to wish

Learning improves fortunes enough, but not minds

Least end of a hair will serve to draw them into my discourse

Least touch or prick of a pencil in comparison of the whole

Leave society when we can no longer add anything to it

Leaving nothing unsaid, how home and bitter soever

Led by the ears by this charming harmony of words

Lend himself to others, and only give himself to himself

Lessen the just value of things that I possess

Let a man take which course he will," said he; "he will repent"

Let him be as wise as he will, after all he is but a man

Let him be satisfied with correcting himself

Let him examine every man's talent

Let it alone a little

Let it be permitted to the timid to hope

Let not us seek illusions from without and unknown

Let us not be ashamed to speak what we are not ashamed to think

Let us not seek our disease out of ourselves; 'tis in us

Liberality at the expense of others

Liberty and laziness, the qualities most predominant in me

Liberty of poverty

Liberty to lean, but not to lay our whole weight upon others

Library: Tis there that I am in my kingdom

License of judgments is a great disturbance to great affairs

Life of Caesar has no greater example for us than our own

Life should be cut off in the sound and living part

Light griefs can speak: deep sorrows are dumb

Light prognostics they give of themselves in their tender years

Little affairs most disturb us

Little knacks  and frivolous subtleties

Little learning is needed to form a sound mind" --Seneca

Little less trouble in governing a private family than a kingdom

Live a quite contrary sort of life to what they prescribe others

Live at the expense of life itself

Live, not so long as they please, but as long as they ought

Living is slavery if the liberty of dying be wanting

Living well, which of all arts is the greatest

Llaying the fault upon the patient, by such frivolous reasons

Lodge nothing in his fancy upon simple authority and upon trust

Long a voyage I should at last run myself into some disadvantage

Long sittings at table both trouble me and do me harm

Long toleration begets habit; habit, consent and imitation

Look on death not only without astonishment but without care

Look upon themselves as a third person only, a stranger

Look, you who think the gods have no care of human things

Lose what I have a particular care to lock safe up

Loses more by defending his vineyard than if he gave it up

Love is the appetite of generation by the mediation of beauty

Love shamefully and dishonestly cured by marriage

Love them the less for our own faults

Love we bear to our wives is very lawful

Love, full, lively, and sharp; a pleasure inflamed by difficulty

Loved them for our sport, like monkeys, and not as men

Lower himself to the meanness of defending his innocence

Made all medicinal conclusions largely give way to my pleasure

Making their advantage of our folly, for most men do the same

Malice must be employed to correct this arrogant ignorance

Malice sucks up the greatest part of its own venom

Malicious kind of justice

Man (must)  know that he is his own

Man after  who held out his pulse to a physician was a fool

Man can never be wise but by his own wisdom

Man may say too much even upon the best subjects

Man may with less trouble adapt himself to entire abstinence

Man must approach his wife with prudence and temperance

Man must have a care not to do his master so great service

Man must learn that he is nothing but a fool

Man runs a very great hazard in their hands (of physicians)

Mark of singular good nature to preserve old age


Marriage rejects the company and conditions of love

Melancholy: Are there not some constitutions that feed upon it?

Memories are full enough, but the judgment totally void

Men approve of things for their being rare and new

Men are not always to rely upon the personal confessions

Men as often commend as undervalue me beyond reason

Men make them (the rules) without their (women's) help

Men must embark, and not deliberate, upon high enterprises

Men should furnish themselves with such things as would float

Mercenaries who would receive any (pay)

Merciful to the man, but not to his wickedness--Aristotle

Methinks I am no more than half of myself

Methinks I promise it, if I but say it

Miracle: everything our reason cannot comprehend

Miracles and strange events have concealed themselves from me

Miracles appear to be so, according to our ignorance of nature

Miserable kind of remedy, to owe one's health to one's disease!

Miserable, who has not at home where to be by himself

Misfortunes that only hurt us by being known

Mix railing, indiscretion, and fury in his disputations

Moderation is a virtue that gives more work than suffering

Modesty is a foolish virtue in an indigent person (Homer)

More ado to interpret interpretations

More books upon books than upon any other subject

More brave men been lost in occasions of little moment

More solicitous that men speak of us, than how they speak

More supportable to be always alone than never to be so

More valued a victory obtained by counsel than by force

Morosity and melancholic humour of a sour ill-natured pedant

Most cruel people, and upon frivolous occasions, apt to cry

Most men are rich in borrowed sufficiency

Most men do not so much believe as they acquiesce and permit

Most of my actions are guided by example, not by choice

Mothers are too tender

Motive to some vicious occasion or some prospect of profit

Much better to offend him once than myself every day

Much difference betwixt us and ourselves

Must for the most part entertain ourselves with ourselves

Must of necessity walk in the steps of another

My affection alters, my judgment does not

My books: from me hold that which I have not retained

My dog unseasonably importunes me to play

My fancy does not go by itself, as when my legs move it

My humour is no friend to tumult

My humour is unfit either to speak or write for beginners

My innocence is a simple one; little vigour and no art

My mind is easily composed at distance

My reason is not obliged to bow and bend; my knees are

My thoughts sleep if I sit still

My words does but injure the love I have conceived within

Natural death the most rare and very seldom seen

Nature of judgment to have it more deliberate and more slow

Nature of wit is to have its operation prompt and sudden

Nature, who left us in such a state of imperfection

Nearest to the opinions of those with whom they have to do

Negligent garb, which is yet observable amongst the young men

Neither be a burden to myself nor to any other

Neither continency nor virtue where there are no opposing desire

Neither men nor their lives are measured by the ell

Neither the courage to die nor the heart to live

Never any man knew so much, and spake so little

Never did two men make the same judgment of the same thing

Never observed any great stability in my soul to resist passions

Never oppose them either by word or sign, how false or absurd

Never represent things to you simply as they are

Never spoke of my money, but falsely, as others do

New World: sold it opinions and our arts at a very dear rate

Nnone that less keep their promise(than physicians)

No alcohol the night on which a man intends to get children

No beast in the world so much to be feared by man as man

No danger with them, though they may do us no good

No doing more difficult than that not doing, nor more active

No effect of virtue, to have stronger arms and legs

No evil is honourable; but death is honourable

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness

No great choice betwixt not knowing to speak anything but ill--

No man continues ill long but by his own fault

No man is free from speaking foolish things

No man more certain than another of to-morrow--Seneca

No necessity upon a man to live in necessity

No one can be called happy till he is dead and buried

No other foundation or support than public abuse

No passion so contagious as that of fear

No physic that has not something hurtful in it

No use to this age, I throw myself back upon that other

No way found  to tranquillity that is good in common

Noble and rich, where examples of virtue are rarely lodged

Nobody prognosticated that I should be wicked, but only useless

Noise of arms deafened the voice of laws

None of the sex, let her be as ugly as the devil thinks lovable

Nor get children but before I sleep, nor get them standing

Nor have other tie upon one another, but by our word

Nosegay of foreign flowers, having furnished nothing of my own

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Not a victory that puts not an end to the war

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself

Not believe from one, I should not believe from a hundred

Not certain to live till I came home

Not conceiving things otherwise than by this outward bark

Not conclude too much upon your mistress's inviolable chastity

Not for any profit, but for the honour of honesty itself

Not having been able to pronounce one syllable, which is No!

Not in a condition to lend must forbid himself to borrow

Not melancholic, but meditative

Not to instruct but to be instructed

Not want, but rather abundance, that creates avarice

Nothing can be a grievance that is but once

Nothing falls where all falls

Nothing is more confident than a bad poet

Nothing is so firmly believed, as what we least know

Nothing is so supple and erratic as our understanding

Nothing noble can be performed without danger

Nothing presses so hard upon a state as innovation

Nothing so grossly, nor so ordinarily faulty, as the laws

Nothing tempts my tears but tears

Nothing that so poisons as flattery

Number of fools so much exceeds the wise

O Athenians, what this man says, I will do

O my friends, there is no friend: Aristotle

O wretched men, whose pleasures are a crime

O, the furious advantage of opportunity!

Obedience is never pure nor calm in him who reasons and disputes

Obliged to his age for having weaned him from pleasure

Observed the laws of marriage, than I either promised or expect

Obstinacy and contention are common qualities

Obstinacy is the sister of constancy

Obstinancy and heat in argument are the surest proofs of folly

Obstinate in growing worse

Occasion to La Boetie to write his "Voluntary Servitude"

Occasions of the least lustre are ever the most dangerous

Occupy our thoughts about the general, and about universal cause

Of the fleeting years each steals something from me

Office of magnanimity openly and professedly to love and hate

Oftentimes agitated with divers passions

Old age: applaud the past and condemn the present

Old men who retain the memory of things past

Omit, as incredible, such things as they do not understand

On all occasions to contradict and oppose

One door into life, but a hundred thousand ways out

One may be humble out of pride

One may more boldly dare what nobody thinks you dare

One may regret better times, but cannot fly from the present

One must first know what is his own and what is not

Only desire to become more wise, not more learned or eloquent

Only secure harbour from the storms and tempests of life

Only set the humours they would purge more violently in work

Open speaking draws out discoveries, like wine and love

Opinions they have of things and not by the things themselves

Opinions we have are taken on authority and trust

Opposition and contradiction entertain and nourish them

Option now of continuing in life or of completing the voyage

Order a purge for your brain, it will there be much better

Order it so that your virtue may conquer your misfortune

Ordinances it (Medicine)foists upon us

Ordinary friendships, you are to walk with bridle in your hand

Ordinary method of cure is carried on at the expense of life

Others adore all of their own side

Ought not only to have his hands, but his eyes, too, chaste

Ought not to expect much either from his vigilance or power

Ought to withdraw and retire his soul from the crowd

Our extremest pleasure has some sort of groaning

Our fancy does what it will, both with itself and us

Our judgments are yet sick

Our justice presents to us but one hand

Our knowledge, which is a wretched foundation

Our qualities have no title but in comparison

Our will is more obstinate by being opposed

Over-circumspect and wary prudence is a mortal enemy

Overvalue things, because they are foreign, absent

Owe ourselves chiefly and mostly to ourselves

Passion has a more absolute command over us than reason

Passion has already confounded his judgment

Passion of dandling and caressing infants scarcely born

Pay very strict usury who did not in due time pay the principal

People are willing to be gulled in what they desire

People conceiving they have right and title to be judges

Perfect friendship I speak of is indivisible

Perfect men as they are, they are yet simply men

Perfection: but I will not buy it so dear as it costs

Perpetual scolding of his wife (of Socrates)

Petulant madness contends with itself

Philopoemen: paying the penalty of my ugliness


Philosophy has discourses proper for childhood

Philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die

Philosophy is that which instructs us to live

Philosophy looked upon as a vain and fantastic name

Phusicians cure by by misery and pain


Physician worse physicked

Physician: pass through all the diseases he pretends to cure

Physician's "help", which is very often an obstacle

Physicians are not content to deal only with the sick

Physicians fear men should at any time escape their authority

Physicians were the only men who might lie at pleasure

Physicians: earth covers their failures

Pinch the secret strings of our imperfections

Pitiful ways and expedients to the jugglers of the law

Pity is reputed a vice amongst the Stoics

Plato angry at excess of sleeping than at excess of drinking

Plato forbids children wine till eighteen years of age

Plato said of the Egyptians, that they were all physicians

Plato says, that the gods made man for their sport

Plato will have nobody marry before thirty

Plato: lawyers and physicians are bad institutions of a country

Plays of children are not performed in play

Pleasing all: a mark that can never be aimed at or hit

Pleasure of telling (a pleasure little inferior to that of doing


Possession begets a contempt of what it holds and rules

Practical Jokes: Tis unhandsome to fight in play

Preachers very often work more upon their auditory than  reasons

Preface to bribe the benevolence of the courteous reader

Prefer in bed, beauty before goodness

Preferring the universal and common tie to all national ties

Premeditation of death is the premeditation of liberty

Prepare ourselves against the preparations of death

Present Him such words as the memory suggests to the tongue

Present himself with a halter about his neck to the people

Presumptive knowledge by silence

Pretending to find out the cause of every accident

Priest shall on the wedding-day open the way to the bride

Proceed so long as there shall be ink and paper in the world

Profession of knowledge and their immeasurable self-conceit

Profit made only at the expense of another

Prolong his life also prolonged and augmented his pain

Prolong your misery an hour or two

Prudent and just man may be intemperate and inconsistent

Prudent man, when I imagine him in this posture

Psalms of King David: promiscuous, indiscreet

Public weal requires that men should betray, and lie

Puerile simplicities of our children

Pure cowardice that makes our belief so pliable

Put us into a way of extending and diversifying difficulties

Pyrrho's hog

Quiet repose and a profound sleep without dreams

Rage compelled to excuse itself by a pretence of good-will

Rage it puts them to oppose silence and coldness to their fury

Rash and incessant scolding runs into custom

Rather be a less while old than be old before I am really so

Rather complain of ill-fortune than be ashamed of victory

Rather prating of another man's province than his own

Reading those books, converse with the great and heroic souls

Reasons often anticipate the effect

Recommendation of strangeness, rarity, and dear purchase

Refusin  to justify, excuse, or explain myself

Regret so honourable a post, where necessity must make them bold

Remotest witness knows more about it than those who were nearest

Represented her a little too passionate for a married Venus

Reputation: most useless, frivolous, and false coin that passes

Repute for value in them, not what they bring to us

Reserve a backshop, wholly our own and entirely free

Resolved to bring nothing to it but expectation and patience

Rest satisfied, without desire of prolongation of life or name

Restoring what has been lent us, wit  usury and accession

Revenge more wounds our children than it heals us

Revenge, which afterwards produces a series of new cruelties

Reverse of truth has a hundred thousand forms

Rhetoric: an art to flatter and deceive

Rhetoric: to govern a disorderly and tumultuous rabble

Richer than we think we are; but we are taught to borrow

Ridiculous desire of riches when we have lost the use of them

Right of command appertains to the beautiful-Aristotle

Rome was more valiant before she grew so learned

Rowers who so advance backward

Rude and quarrelsome flatly to deny a stated fact

Same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago

Satisfaction of mind to have only one path to walk in

Satisfied and pleased with and in themselves

Say of some compositions that they stink of oil and of the lamp

Scratching is one of nature's sweetest gratifications

Season a denial with asperity, suspense, or favour

See how flexible our reason is

Seek the quadrature of the circle, even when on their wives

Seeming anger, for the better governing of my house

Send us to the better air of some other country

Sense: no one who is not contented with his share

Setting too great a value upon ourselves

Setting too little a value upon others

Settled my thoughts to live upon less than I have

Sex: To put fools and wise men, beasts and us, on a level

Shake the truth of our Church by the vices of her ministers

Shame for me to serve, being so near the reach of liberty

Sharps and sweets of marriage, are kept secret by the wise

She who only refuses, because 'tis forbidden, consents

Shelter my own weakness under these great reputations

Short of the foremost, but before the last

Should first have mended their breeches

Silence, therefore, and modesty are very advantageous qualities

Silent mien procured the credit of prudence and capacity

Sins that make the least noise are the worst

Sitting betwixt two stools

Slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk

Sleep suffocates and suppresses the faculties of the soul

Smile upon us whilst we are alive

So austere and very wise countenance and carriage--of physicians

So many trillions of men, buried before us

So much are men enslaved to their miserable being

So that I could have said no worse behind their backs

So weak and languishing, as not to have even wishing left to him

Socrates kept a confounded scolding wife

Socrates: According to what a man can

Soft, easy, and wholesome pillow is ignorance and incuriosity

Solon said that eating was physic against the malady hunger

Solon, that none can be said to be happy until he is dead

some people rude, by being overcivil  in their courtesy

Some wives covetous indeed, but very few that are good managers

Sometimes the body first submits to age, sometimes the mind

Souls that are regular and strong of themselves are rare

Sparing and an husband of his knowledge

Speak less of one's self than what one really is is folly

Spectators can claim no interest in the honour and pleasure

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Stilpo lost wife, children, and goods

Stilpo: thank God, nothing was lost of his

Strangely suspect all this merchandise: medical care

Strong memory is commonly coupled with infirm judgment

Studied, when young, for ostentation, now for diversion

Studies, to teach me to do, and not to write

Study makes me sensible how much I have to learn

Study of books is a languishing and feeble motion

Study to declare what is justice, but never took care to do it

Stumble upon a truth amongst an infinite number of lies

Stupidity and facility natural to the common people

Style wherewith men establish religions and laws

Subdividing these subtilties we teach men to increase their doub

Such a recipe as they will not take themselves

Suffer my judgment to be made captive by prepossession

Suffer those inconveniences which are not possibly to be avoided

Sufficiently covered by their virtue without any other robe

Suicide: a morsel that is to be swallowed without chewing

Superstitiously to seek out in the stars the ancient causes

Swell and puff up their souls, and their natural way of speaking

Swim in troubled waters without fishing in them

Take a pleasure in being uninterested in other men's affairs

Take all things at the worst, and to resolve to bear that worst

Take my last leave of every place I depart from

Take two sorts of grist out of the same sack

Taking things upon trust from vulgar opinion

Taught to be afraid of professing our ignorance

Taught to consider sleep as a resemblance of death

Tearing a body limb from limb by racks and torments

Testimony of the truth from minds prepossessed by custom?

That he could neither read nor swim

That looks a nice well-made shoe to you

That we may live, we cease to live

That which cowardice itself has chosen for its refuge

The action is commendable, not the man

The age we live in produces but very indifferent things

The authors, with whom I converse

The Babylonians carried their sick into the public square

The best authors too much humble and discourage me

The Bible: the wicked and ignorant grow worse by it

The cause of truth ought to be the common cause

The conduct of our lives is the true mirror of our doctrine

The consequence of common examples

The day of your birth is one day's advance towards the grave

The deadest deaths are the best

The event often justifies a very foolish conduct

The faintness that surprises in the exercises of Venus

The gods sell us all the goods they give us

The good opinion of the vulgar is injurious

The honour we receive from those that fear us is not honour

The ignorant return from the combat full of joy and triumph

The impulse of nature, which is a rough counsellor

The last informed is better persuaded than the first

The mean is best

The mind grows costive and thick in growing old

The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness

The most voluntary death is the finest

The particular error first makes the public error

The pedestal is no part of the statue

The privilege of the mind to rescue itself from old age

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it

The satiety of living, inclines a man to desire to die

The sick man has not to complain who has his cure in his sleeve

The storm is only begot by a concurrence of angers

The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear

The very name Liberality sounds of Liberty

The vice opposite to curiosity is negligence

The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high

Their disguises and figures only serve to cosen fools

Their labour is not to delivery, but about conception

Their pictures are not here who were cast away

Their souls seek repose in agitation

There are defeats more triumphant than victories

There are some upon whom their rich clothes weep

There can be no pleasure to me without communication

There is more trouble in keeping money than in getting it

There is no allurement like modesty, if it be not rude

There is no long, nor short, to things that are no more

There is no merchant that always gains

There is no reason that has not its contrary

There is no recompense becomes virtue

There is none of us who would not be worse than kings

There is nothing I hate so much as driving a bargain

There is nothing like alluring the appetite and affections

There is nothing single and rare in respect of nature

These sleepy, sluggish sort of men are often the most dangerous

They (good women) are not by the dozen, as every one knows

They begin to teach us to live when we have almost done living

They better conquer us by flying

They buy a cat in a sack

They can neither lend nor give anything to one another

They do not see my heart, they see but my countenance

They err as much who too much forbear Venus

They gently name them, so they patiently endure them (diseases)

They have heard, they have seen, they have done so and so

They have not one more invention left wherewith to amuse us

They have not the courage to suffer themselves to be corrected

They have yet touched nothing of that which is mine

They juggle and trifle in all their discourses at our expense

They must be very hard to please, if they are not contented

They must become insensible and invisible to satisfy us

They neither instruct us to think well nor to do well

They never loved them till dead

They who would fight custom with grammar are triflers

Thing at which we all aim, even in virtue is pleasure

Things grow familiar to men's minds by being often seen

Things I say are better than those I write

Things often appear greater to us at distance than near at hand

Things seem greater by imagination than they are in effect

Things that engage us elsewhere and separate us from ourselves

Think myself no longer worth my own care

Think of physic as much good or ill as any one would have me

Thinking nothing done, if anything remained to be done

Thinks nothing profitable that is not painful

This decay of nature which renders him useless, burdensome

This plodding occupation of bookes is as painfull as any other

Those immodest and debauched tricks and postures

Those oppressed with sorrow sometimes surprised by a smile

Those which we fear the least are, peradventure, most to be fear

Those who can please and hug themselves in what they do

Those within (marriage) despair of getting out

Thou diest because thou art living

Thou wilt not feel it long if thou feelest it too much

Though I be engaged to one forme, I do not tie the world unto it

Though nobody should read me, have I wasted time

Threats of the day of judgment

Thucydides: which was the better wrestler

Thy own cowardice is the cause, if thou livest in pain

Tis all swine's flesh, varied by sauces

Tis an exact life that maintains itself in due order in private

Tis better to lean towards doubt than assurance--Augustine

Tis evil counsel that will admit no change

Tis far beyond not fearing death to taste and relish it

Tis for youth to subject itself to common opinions

Tis impossible to deal fairly with a fool

Tis in some sort a kind of dying to avoid the pain of living well

Tis more laudable to obey the bad than the good

Tis no matter; it may be of use to some others

Tis not the cause, but their interest, that inflames them

Tis not the number of men, but the number of good men

Tis said of Epimenides, that he always prophesied backward

Tis so I melt and steal away from myself

Tis the sharpnss of our mind that gives the edge to our pains

Tis then no longer correction, but revenge

Tis there she talks plain French

Titillation of ill-natured pleasure in seeing others suffer

Title of barbarism to everything that is not familiar

Titles being so dearly bought

Titles of my chapters do not always comprehend the whole matter

To be a slave, incessantly to be led by the nose by one's self

To be, not to seem

To condemn them as impossible, is by a temerarious presumption

To contemn what we do not comprehend

To die of old age is a death rare, extraordinary, and singular

To do well where there was danger was the proper office

To forbear doing is often as generous as to do

To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind to't

To fret and vex at folly, as I do, is folly itself

To give a currency to his little pittance of learning

To go a mile out of their way to hook in a fine word

To keep me from dying is not in your power

To kill men, a clear and strong light is required

To know by rote, is no knowledge

To make little things appear great was his profession

To make their private advantage at the public expense

To smell, though well, is to stink

To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die

To what friend dare you intrust your griefs

To whom no one is ill who can be good?

Tongue will grow too stiff to bend

Too contemptible to be punished

Torture: rather a trial of patience than of truth

Totally brutified by an immoderate thirst after knowledge

Transferring of money from the right owners to strangers

Travel with not only a necessary, but a handsome equipage

True liberty is to be able to do what a man will with himself

Truly he, with a great effort will shortly say a mighty trifle

Truth itself has not the privilege to be spoken at all times

Truth, that for being older it is none the wiser

Turks have alms and hospitals for beasts

Turn up my eyes to heaven to return thanks, than to crave

Tutor to the ignorance and folly of the first we meet

Twas a happy marriage betwixt a blind wife and a deaf husband

Twenty people prating about him when he is at stool

Two opinions alike, no more than two hairs

Two principal guiding reins are reward and punishment

Tyrannic sourness not to endure a form contrary to one's own

Tyrannical authority physicians usurp over poor creatures

Unbecoming rudeness to carp at everything

Under fortune's favour, to prepare myself for her disgrace

Universal judgments that I see so common, signify nothing

Unjust judges of their actions, as they are of ours

Unjust to exact from me what I do not owe

Upon the precipice, 'tis no matter who gave you the push

Use veils from us the true aspect of things

Utility of living consists not in the length of days

Valour has its bounds as well as other virtues

Valour whetted and enraged by mischance

Valour will cause a trembling in the limbs as well as fear

Valuing the interest of discipline

Vast distinction betwixt devotion and conscience

Venture it upon his neighbour, if he will let him

venture the making ourselves better without any danger

Very idea we invent for their chastity is ridiculous

Vice of confining their belief to their own capacity

Vices will cling together, if a man have not a care

Victorious envied the conquered

Virtue and ambition, unfortunately, seldom lodge together

Virtue is a pleasant and gay quality

Virtue is much strengthened by combats

Virtue refuses facility for a companion

Viscid melting kisses of youthful ardour in my wanton age

Voice and determination of the rabble, the mother of ignorance

Vulgar reports and opinions that drive us on

We are masters of nothing but the will

We are not to judge of counsels by events

We ask most when we bring least

We believe we do not believe

We can never be despised according to our full desert

We cannot be bound beyond what we are able to perform

We confess our ignorance in many things

We consider our death as a very great thing

We do not correct the man we hang; we correct others by him

We do not easily accept the medicine we understand

We do not go, we are driven

We do not so much forsake vices as we change them

We have lived enough for others

We have more curiosity than capacity

We have naturally a fear of pain, but not of death

We have not the thousandth part of ancient writings

We have taught the ladies to blush

We much more aptly imagine an artisan upon his close-stool

We must learn to suffer what we cannot evade

We neither see far forward nor far backward

We only labour to stuff the memory

We ought to grant free passage to diseases

We say a good marriage because no one says to the contrary

We set too much value upon ourselves

We still carry our fetters along with us

We take other men's knowledge and opinions upon trust

Weakness and instability of a private and particular fancy

Weigh, as wise: men should, the burden of obligation

Well, and what if it had been death itself?

Were more ambitious of a great reputation than of a good one

What a man says should be what he thinks

What are become of all our brave philosophical precepts?

What can they not do, what do they fear to do (for beauty)

What can they suffer who do not fear to die?

What did I say?  that I have?  no, Chremes, I had

What he did by nature and accident, he cannot do by design

What is more accidental than reputation?

What may be done to-morrow, may be done to-day

What more?  they lie with their lovers learnedly

What need have they of anything but to live beloved and honoured

What sort of wine he liked the best: "That of another"

What step ends the near and what step begins the remote

What they ought to do when they come to be men

What we have not seen, we are forced to receive from other hands

What, shall so much knowledge be lost

Whatever was not ordinary diet, was instead of a drug

When I travel I have nothing to care for but myself

When jealousy seizes these poor souls

When their eyes give the lie to their tongue

When time begins to wear things out of memory

When we have got it, we want something else

"When will this man be wise," said he, "if he is yet learning?"

When you see me moved first, let me alone, right or wrong

Where the lion's skin is too short

Where their profit is, let them there have their pleasure too

Wherever the mind is perplexed, it is in an entire disorder

Whilst thou wast silent, thou seemedst to be some great thing

Whimpering is offensive to the living and vain to the dead

Who by their fondness of some fine sounding word

Who can  flee from himself

Who discern no riches but in pomp and show

Who does not boast of some rare recipe

Who escapes being talked of at the same rate

Who ever saw one physician approve of another's prescription

Who has once been a very fool, will never after be very wise

Who would weigh him without the honour and grandeur of his end

Whoever expects punishment already suffers it

Whoever will be cured of ignorance must confess it

Whoever will call to mind the excess of his past anger

Whosoever despises his own life, is always master

Why do we not imitate the Roman architecture?

Wide of the mark in judging of their own works

Willingly give them leave to laugh after we are dead

Willingly slip the collar of command upon any pretence whatever

Wisdom has its excesses, and has no less need of moderation

Wisdom is folly that does not accommodate itself to the common

Wise man lives as long as he ought, not so long as he can

Wise man never loses anything if he have himself

Wise man to keep a curbing hand upon the impetus of friendship

Wise may learn more of fools, than fools can of the wise

Wise whose invested money is visible in beautiful villas

Wiser who only know what is needful for them to know

With being too well I am about to die

Woman who goes to bed to a man, must put off her modesty

Women who paint, pounce, and plaster up their ruins

Wont to give others their life, and not to receive it

World where loyalty of one's own children is unknown

Worse endure an ill-contrived robe than an ill-contrived mind

Would have every one in his party blind or a blockhead

Would in this affair have a man a little play the servant

Wrangling arrogance, wholly believing and trusting in itself

Wretched and dangerous thing to depend upon others

Write what he knows, and as much as he knows, but no more

Wrong the just side when they go about to assist it with fraud

Yet at least for ambition's sake, let us reject ambition

Yet do we find any end of the need of interpretating?

You and companion are theatre enough to one another

You have lost a good captain, to make of him a bad general

You may indeed make me die an ill death

You must first see us die

You must let yourself down to those with whom you converse

Young and old die upon the same terms

Young are to make their preparations, the old to enjoy them

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