Updated: May 27
You know me, I love a good proverb or aphorism. I wanted to share a few that I've added to my collection.
Let me start with Shakespeare before I turn to another great Will, albeit largely forgotten today.
What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.
Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
Lord, what fools these mortals be!
If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
Go wisely and slowly. Those who rush stumble and fall.
The world loves to be amused by hollow professions, to be deceived by flattering appearances, to live in a state of hallucination; and can forgive everything but the plain, downright, simple, honest truth.
We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.
Life is the art of being well-deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and endure very much
The pleasure of hating, like a poisonous mineral, eats into the heart of religion, and turns it to rankling spleen and bigotry; it makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands: it leaves to virtue nothing but the spirit of censoriousness, and a narrow, jealous, inquisitorial watchfulness over the actions and motives of others.
The soul of conversation is sympathy.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.
It is the vice of scholars to suppose that there is no knowledge in the world but that of books.
The words of the wise, though harsh, like goads (embedded nails) can be good for the soul. They can be very good indeed.