Matthew Hale, fully Sir Matthew Hale

Hale, fully Sir Matthew Hale

English Barrister, Judge and Lawyer, noted for his treatise "The History of the Pleas"

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Run not into debt, either for wares sold or money borrowed; be content to want things that are not of absolute necessity, rather than to run up the score.

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashion, and placing value on ourselves by them is one of the most childish pieces of folly.

Contemplation of human nature doth by a necessary connection and chain of causes carry us up to the Deity.

Scholars sometimes in common speech, or writing in their native language, give terminations and idiotisms suitable to their native language unto words newly invented.

The vanity of loving fine clothes and new fashions, and valuing ourselves by them, is one of the most childish pieces of folly that can be.

For if you look over the State of Religion as it standeth in Christendom, there is no Church whatsoever which will accept you as a Member of its Communion, but upon some particular terms of Belief, or Practice, which Christ never appointed, and it may be such as an honest and a wise Christian cannot consent to. I am not more able to give up my Reason to the Church of England, than to give up my Senses to the Church of Rome; it looks like a Trick in all Churches to take away the use of Men’s Reason, that they may render us Vassals and Slaves to all their Dictates and Commands.”

Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.

The various dialects of the English in the north and west render their expressions many times unintelligible to the other, and both scarce intelligible to the midland.

Hither conscience is to be referred: If by a comparison of things done with the rule there be a consonancy, then follows the sentence of approbation; if discordant from it, the sentence of disapprobation.

Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

The will is not a bare appetitive power, as that of the sensual appetite; but it is a rational appetite.

Implanted instincts in brutes are in themselves highly reasonable and useful to their ends, and evincible by true reason to be such.

The animal soul sooner expands and evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul.

There is a certain magic or charm in company, for it will assimilate, and make you like to them, by much conversation with them: if they be good company, it is a great means to make you good, or confirm you in goodness; but if they be bad, it is twenty to one but they will infect and corrupt you. Therefore be wary and shy in choosing and entertaining, or frequenting any company or companions; be not too hasty in committing yourself to them; stand off awhile till you have inquired of some (that you know by experience to be faithful) what they are; observe what company they keep; be not too easy to gain acquaintance, but stand off, and keep a distance yet awhile, till you have observed and learnt touching them. Men or women that are greedy of acquaintance, or hasty in it, are oftentimes snared in ill company before they are aware, and entangled so that they cannot easily loose from it after, when they would.

Jurors are not bound to believe two witnesses, if the probability of the fact does reasonably encounter them.

The due contemplation of the human nature doth, by a necessary connection and chain of causes, carry us up to the unavoidable acknowledgment of the Deity; because it carries every thinking man to an original of every successive individual.

There is no book like the Bible for excellent learning, wisdom, and use.

Languages of countries are lost by transmission of colonies of a different language.

The influx of the knowledge of God, in relation to everlasting life, is infinitely of moment.

There is the same necessity for the divine influence and regimen to order and govern, conserve and keep together, the universe in that consistence it hath received, as it was at first to give it before it could receive it.

Abatements may take away infallible concludency in these evidences of fact, yet they may be probable and inductive of credibility, though not of science.

Let your words be few, especially when your superiors, or strangers, are present, lest you betray your own weakness, and rob yourselves of the opportunity which you might otherwise have had, to gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience, by hearing those whom you silence by your impertinent talking…. Be careful not to interrupt another when he is speaking: hear him out, and you will understand him the better, and be able to give him the better answer.

The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, capable of great improvement, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles and impertinences.

There is the same necessity for the divine influence to keep together the universe in that consistence it hath received as it was first to give it.

According to a juridical account and legal signification, time within memory, by the statute of Westminster, was settled in the beginning of the reign of King Richard the First.

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English Barrister, Judge and Lawyer, noted for his treatise "The History of the Pleas"