It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
When a man laughs at his troubles he loses a great many friends. They never forgive the loss of their prerogative.
We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
There is a wisdom in this beyond the rules of physic: a man's own observation what he finds good of and what he finds hurt of is the best physic to preserve health.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky; which is a number of small stars, not seen asunder, but giving light together: so it is a number of little and scarce discerned virtues, or rather faculties and customs, that make men fortunate.
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.