Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.
Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
In things that a man would not be seen in himself, it is a point of cunning to borrow the name of the world; as to say, “The world says,” or “There is a speech abroad.”
It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions, for it makes the other party stick the less.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
Like the strawberry wives, that laid two or three great strawberries at the mouth of their pot, and all the rest were little ones.
Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled. Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still he was never a whit abashed, but said, “If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.”