English Statesman, Writer, Orator and Politician serving in the House of Commons and House of Lords
"Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue when men have it whether they will or not."
"They who are of the opinion that Money will do everything, may; very well be suspected to do everything for Money."
"Without the consent of the world, a scandal doth not go deep; it is only a slight stroke upon the injured party, and returneth with the greater force upon those that gave it."
"A man that should call everything by its right name, would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy."
"A wife is to thank God her husband hath faults. ... A husband without faults is a dangerous observer."
"Could we know what men are most apt to remember, we might know what they are most apt to do."
"Every single Act either weakeneth or improveth our Credit with other Men; and as an habit of being just to our Word will confirm, so an habit of too freely dispensing with it must necessarily destroy it"
"Gratitude is one of those things that cannot be bought. It must be born with men, or else all the obligations in the world will not create it."
"A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting."
"He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things."
"In this Age, when it is said of a man, He knows how to live, it may be implied he is not very honest"
"In your clothes avoid too much gaudiness; do not value yourself upon an embroidered gown; and remember that a reasonable word, or an obliging look, will gain you more respect than all your fine trappings."
"It is a general Mistake to to think the Men we like are good for everything, and those we do not, good for nothing"
"Laws are generally not understood by three sorts of persons, viz, by those who make them, by those who execute them, and by those who suffer if they break them"
"Men in business are in as much danger from those at work under them as from those that work against them."
"Most men make little use of their speech than to give evidence against their own understanding."
"Most men's anger about religion is as if two men should quarrel for a lady that neither of them care for."
"No man is so much a fool as not to have wit enough sometimes to be a knave; nor any so cunning a knave as not to have the weakness sometimes to play the fool"