The only good histories are those that have been written by the persons themselves who commanded in the affairs whereof they write
The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar
Ignorance is the softest pillow on which a man can rest his head
You can't tell your friend you've been cuckolded even if he doesn't laugh at you, he may put the information to personal use
I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether the things are so.
Those things that are dearest to us have cost us the most.
Who feareth to suffer suffereth already, because he feareth.
My reason is not framed to bend or stoop my knees are.
He who lives not to others, lives little to himself.
Few men have been admired of their familiars.
Princes give me sufficiently if they take nothing from me, and do me much good if they do me no hurt it is all I require of them.
Have you known how to take rest You have done more than he who hath taken empires and cities.
The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war to follow between Princes.
We endeavor more that men should speak of us, than how and what they speak, and it sufficeth us that our name run in men's mouths, in what manner soever. It stemma that to be known is in some sort to have life and continuance in other men's keeping.
There are few men who dare to publish to the world the prayers they make to Almighty God.
Once you have decided to keep a certain pile, it is no longer yours for you can't spend it.
The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.
It is much more easy to accuse the one sex than to excuse the other.
I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie.
It should be noted that children's games are not merely games. One should regard them as their most serious activities.
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
Man is stark mad he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.
My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.