Hunger never saw bad bread.
Relation without friendship, friendship without power, power without will, will without effect, effect without profit, & profit without virtue, are not worth a farto.
March windy, and April rainy, makes May the pleasantest month of any.
After 3 days men grow weary, of a wench, a guest, & weather rainy.
After feasts made, the maker scratches his head.
He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
There is no little enemy.
Anoint a villain and he'll stab you, stab him & he'l anoint you.
There is neither honour nor gain, got in dealing with a villain.
Take this remark from Richard poor and lame, Whate's begun in anger ends in shame.
What pains our Justice takes his faults to hide, With half that pains sure he might cure ‘em quite.
If you ride a Horse, sit close and tight, If you ride a Man, sit easy and light.
Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.
There have been as great Souls unknown to fame as any of the most famous.
A good Man is seldom uneasy, an ill one never easie.
He that cannot obey, cannot command.
As sore places meet most rubs, proud folks meet most affronts.
Avarice and Happiness never saw each other, how then shou'd they become acquainted.
The thrifty maxim of the wary Dutch, Is to save all the Money they can touch.
He that waits upon Fortune, is never sure of a Dinner.
Famine, Plague, War, and an unnumber'd throng, Of Guilt-avenging Ills, to Man belong; It's not enough Plagues, Wars, and Famines rise, To lash our crimes, but must our Wives be wise?
If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear.
Weighty Questions ask for deliberate Answers.
Sloth and Silence are a Fool's Virtues.
There's small Revenge in Words, but Words may be greatly revenged.
Ever since Follies have please'd, Fools have been able to divert.
To be humble to Superiors is Duty, to Equals Courtesy, to Inferiors Nobleness.
One Mend-fault is worth two Find faults, but one Find fault is better than two Make faults.
He that would live in peace & at ease, Must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees.
In a discreet man's mouth, a publick thing is private.
Bargaining has neither friends nor relations.
Nor Eye in a letter, nor Hand in a purse, nor Ear in the secret of another.
He that can have Patience, can have what he will.
Force shites upon Reason's Back.
He that lives well, is learned enough.
Poverty, Poetry, and new Title of Honour, make Men ridiculous.
He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Love & lordship hate companions.
The nearest way to come at glory, is to do that for conscience which we do for glory.
No better relation than a prudent & faithful Friend.
he worst wheel of the cart makes the most noise.
I never saw an oft-transplanted tree, Nor yet an oft-removed family, That throve so well as those that settled be.
The noblest question in the world is What Good may I do in it?
Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, discourse a clear Man.
Write with the learned, pronounce with the vulgar.
If you wou'd not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Since I cannot govern my own tongue, tho' within my own teeth, how can I hope to govern the tongues of others?
‘Tis less discredit to abridge petty charges, than to stoop to petty Gettings.
If you do what you should not, you must hear what you would not.
If any man flatters me, I'll flatter him again; tho' he were my best Friend.
None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in an error.
You canst not joke an Enemy into a Friend; but thou may'st a Friend into an Enemy.
Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel, & countenance.
Beware of him that is slow to anger: He is angry for something, and will not be pleased for nothing.
Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou canst.
To all apparent Beauties, blind, Each Blemish, strikes, an envious Mind.
In other men we faults can spy, And blame the mote that dims their eye; Each little speck and blemish find; To our own stronger errors blind.
When you speak to a man, look on his eyes; When he speak to thee, look on his mouth.
Observe all men; thy self most.
Seek Virtue, and, of that possest, To Providence, resign the rest.
When befriended, remember it:
Great souls with gen'rous pity melt; Which coward tyrants never felt.
Neither praise nor dispraise, till seven Christmasses be over.
Let thy discontents be thy Secrets; if the world knows them, ‘twill despise thee and increase them.
Befor you remark another's Sin, Bid your own Conscience look within.
Don't overload Gratitude; if you do, she'll kick.
If you would keep your Secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
Speak and speed: the close mouth catches no flies.
You will be careful, if you are wise; How you touch Men's Religion, or Credit, or
You will be careful, if you are wise; How you touch Men's Religion, or Credit, or Eyes.
Ah simple Man! When a boy two precious jewels were given thee, Time, and good Advice; one you have lost, and the other thrown away.
Beware, beware! He'll cheat ‘ithout scruple, who can without fear.
Speak with contempt of none, from slave to king, The meanest Bee hath, and will use, a sting.
Let all Men know thee, but no man know thee thoroughly: Men freely ford that see the shallows.
Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad Habits. Who is rich? He that rejoices in his Portion.
He's a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.
A Man without ceremony has need of great merit in its place.