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I talk of cheese, you of chalk.
 

If a man get a fever, or a pain in the head with overdrinking, we are subject to curse the wine, when we should rather impute it to ourselves for the excess.
 

If you had taken off the shoe then, at length you would feel in what part it pinched you.
 

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.
 

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
[Blindness]
 

Indeed, a constant element of enjoyment must be mingled with our studies, so that we think of learning as a game rather than a form of drudgery.
 

It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions.
 

It is an unscrupulous intellect that does not pay to antiquity its due reverence.
 

It is in vain to gather virtues without humility; for the Spirit of God delighteth to dwell in the hearts of the humble.
[Humility]
 

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
[Happiness]
 

It is the friendship of books that has made me perfectly happy.
 

It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unlearnt.
 

It is well known that a one-eyed man can rule among the blind.
 

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
 

It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
 

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived, and apt to have ague fits.
[Love]
 

Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.
 

Man is to man either a god or a wolf.
 

Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
 

Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another's.
 


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