Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange
English Journalist, Pamphleteer and Author
Men talk as if they believed in God, but they live as if they thought there was none; their vows and promises are no more than words, of course.
The heart of man looks fair, but when we come to lay any weight upon?t the ground is false under us.
We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.
He that contemns a shrew to the degree of not descending to words with her does worse than beat her.
Money does all things,--for it gives and it takes away; it makes honest men and knaves, fools and philosophers; and so forward, mutatis mutandis, to the end of the chapter.
The just season of doing things must, be nicked, and all accidents improved.
What man in his right senses, that has wherewithal to live free, would make himself a slave for superfluities? What does that man want who has enough? Or what is he the better for abundance that can never be satisfied.
He that upon a true principle lives, without any disquiet of thought, may be said to be happy.
Nothing is so fierce but love will soften; nothing so sharp-sighted in other matters but it will throw a mist before its eyes.
The lowest boor may laugh on being tickled, but a man must have intelligence to be amused by wit.
What signifies the sound of words in prayer without the affection of the heart, and a sedulous application of the proper means that may naturally lead us to such an end?
He that would live clear of envy must lay his finger on his mouth, and keep his hand out of the ink-pot.
Passions, as fire and water, are good servants, but bad masters, and subminister to the best and worst purposes.
The most insupportable of tyrants exclaim against the exercise of arbitrary power.
Wickedness may prosper for a while, but in the long run, he that sets all the knaves at work will pay them.
Humor is the offspring of man; it comes forth like Minerva, fully armed from the brain.
People are sooner reclaimed by the side-wind of a surprise than by downright admonition.
The very soul of the slothful does effectually but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man is totally given up to his senses.
If we should cease to be generous and charitable because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian virtues.
Pretenses go a great way with men that take fair words and magisterial looks for current payment.
There are braying men in the world, as well as braying asses; for what is loud and senseless talking any other than away of braying?
Imperfections would not be half so much taken notice of, if vanity did not make proclamation of them.
Simonides was an excellent poet, insomuch that he made his fortune by it.
There are those that make it a point of bravery to bid defiance to the oracles of divine revelation.