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First get an absolute conquest over thyself, and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife.
Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear.
A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!
With devotion's visage and pious action we do sugar o'er the devil himself.
Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.
Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.
Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.
He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.
Good is not good, when better is expected.
Prospect is often better than possession.
A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.
Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.
Soft words are hard arguments.
When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.
Blindness hatred is blind, as well as love.
A conservative believes nothing should be done for the first time.
A man in passion rides a horse that runs away with him.
A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them, the better they be.
Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.
Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.
Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind.
Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing.
Light (God's eldest daughter) is a principal beauty in building.
Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.
The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir.
The devil lies brooding in the miser's chest.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.
Debt is the worst poverty.
An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.
He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.
Good clothes open all doors.
What cannot be altered must be borne, not blamed.
Nothing sharpens sight like envy.
He teaches me to be good that does me good.
Be the business never so painful, you may have it done for money.
Great hopes make great men.
Great is the difference betwixt a man's being frightened at, and humbled for his sins.
Judge of thine improvement, not by what thou speakest or writest, but by the firmness of thy mind, and the government of thy passions and affections.
Let him who expects one class of society to prosper in the highest degree, while the other is in distress, try whether one side ;of the face can smile while the other is pinched.
Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved.
Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness.
Memory is like a purse, if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
A good horse should be seldom spurred.
A good garden may have some weeds.
If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter.
Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.
There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved.
Lavishness is not generosity.
He that bringeth a present findeth the door open.
It is much better to have your gold in the hand than in the heart.
The devil himself is good when he is pleased.
Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.
Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the heaven.
Do nothing hastily but catching of fleas.
Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.
Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.
One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low.
If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.
There is a scarcity of friendship, but not of friends.
The more wit the less courage.
Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
'Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.
Wine hath drowned more men than the sea.
A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial.
A man's best fortune, or his worst, is his wife.
A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
The more laws, the more offenders.
We have all forgot more than we remember.
If a man falls once, all will tread upon him.
Deceive not thyself by over-expecting happiness in the married estate. Remember the nightingales which sing only some months in the spring, but commonly are silent when they have hatched their eggs, as if their mirth were turned into care for their young ones.
In fair Weather prepare for foul.
A man is not good or bad for one action.
A man surprised is half beaten.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
God makes, and apparel shapes; but it's money that finishes the man.
Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
It is more difficult to praise rightly than to blame.
Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night.
He that hopes no good fears no ill.
Pride will spit in pride's face.
Better one's House be too little one day than too big all the Year after.
He knows little, who will tell his wife all he knows.
Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.
Better a tooth out than always aching.
He does not believe who does not live according to his belief.
Riches enlarge rather than satisfy appetites.
He is rich that is satisfied.
He that has a great nose, thinks everybody is speaking of it.
A generous confession disarms slander.
Craft must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked.
Seeing is believing, but feeling's the truth.
Virtue is the only true nobility.
Vows are made in storms and forgotten in calm weather.
Willful waste brings woeful want.
The weakest and most timorous are the most revengeful and implacable.
Charity begins at home, but should not end there.
Eaten bread is forgotten.
Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them.
He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
A small demerit extinguishes a long service.
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.
A man knows his companion in a long journey and a little inn.
Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
Abused patience turns to fury.
'Tis not every question that deserves an answer.
Old foxes want no tutors.
A book that is shut is but a block.
A drinker has a hole under his nose that all his money runs into.
A good friend is my nearest relation.
A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.
All doors open to courtesy.
Bad excuses are worse than none.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.
Care and diligence bring luck.
Change of weather is the discourse of fools.
Despair gives courage to a coward.
Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest.
Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them to the world, save that the echo repeats only the last art, but fame relates all, and often more than all.
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong.
He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.
He that falls into sin is a man; that grieves at it, is a saint; that boasteth of it, is a devil.
He that travels much knows much.
He's my friend that speaks well of me behind my back.
Health is not valued till sickness comes.
If an ass goes travelling he will not come home a horse.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully.
If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
It is madness for sheep to talk peace with a wolf.
Learning hath gained most by those books by which the printers have lost.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
Poor men's reasons are not heard.
Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak.
Scalded cats fear even cold water.
Slight small injuries, and they will become none at all.
The fool wanders, a wise man travels.
There is nothing that so much gratifies an ill tongue as when it finds an angry heart.
Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.
'Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.
Today is yesterday's pupil.
Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm.
We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
With foxes we must play the fox.


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