You don't want to lose your old friend - the misery - You have invested too much into false - Hence the fear to be exposed -to be true - to be naked as you are.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
It is easy to be brave at a safe distance.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.
Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.
What can't be cured must be endured.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.
An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfilment.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
Your inner world has its own taste, has its own fragrance, has its own light. And it is utterly silent.
Wisdom... comes not from age, but from education and learning.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
I have had good experience and trial of this world...I know what it is to be a subject, what to be a sovereign, what to have good neighbours, and sometimes meet evil willers. I have found treason in trust, seen great benefits little regarded.
Intelligence is a moral category.