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I look upon experimental truths as matters of great concernment to mankind.
Rare qualities may sometimes be prerogatives without being advantages; and though a needless ostentation of ones excellencies may be more glorious, a modest concealment of them is usually more safe; and an unseasonable disclosure of flashes of wit may sometimes do a man no other service than to direct his adversaries how they may do him a mischief.
I must not step into too spruce a style for serious matters; and yet I approve not the dull insipid way of writing practised by many chymists.
It is fit for a man to know his own abilities and weaknesses, and not think himself obliged to imitate all that he thinks fit to praise.
Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God; and, by making you his partner, interests you in all his happiness.
To forego the pleasures of sense, and undergo the hardships that attend a holy life, is such a kind of mercenariness as none but a resigned believing soul is likely to be guilty of; if fear itself, and even the fear of hell, may be one justifiable motive of mens actions.
He gives us in this life an earnest of expected joys that out-values and transcends all those momentary pleasures it requires us to forsake.
Philosophy would solidly be established, if men would more carefully distinguish those things that they know from those that they ignore.
As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds.
An ancient musician informed me, that there were some famous lutes that attained not their full seasoning and best resonance till they were about fourscore years old.
The dimness of our intellectual eyes Aristotle fitly compares to those of an owl at noonday.
There is scarce anything that nature has made, or that men do suffer, whence the devout reflector cannot take an occasion of an aspiring meditation.
Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making.
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