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A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
 

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.
[Nature]
 

As reason is a rebel to faith, so passion is a rebel to reason.
 

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.
 

Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.
 

Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
 

Death is the cure for all diseases.
 

Forcible ways make not an end of evil, but leave hatred and malice behind them.
 

It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.
 

It is we that are blind, not fortune.
 

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
 

Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.
 

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.
 

Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
 

Obstinacy in a bad cause is but constancy in a good.
 

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.
 

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.
 

The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.
[Vice]
 

There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.
 

Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.
 


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