power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy except in those happy
dispositions where it is almost superfluous"
Education must have two foundations - morality
as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the
vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of
morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the
other, you make calculating egoists.
"Not every end is a goal."
"Non omnia possumus omnes - We are not all capable of everything."
"One seldom rushes into a single error."
"Man does not live long enough to profit from his faults."
"More dangers have deceived men than forced them."
"Fallor, ergo sum."
"A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding)
is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
Ethics of Belief)
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men
to do nothing."
"A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by
his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for
(John Stuart Mill,
"Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I
will fear no evil"
"Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions."
"Eschew evil, and do good; seek peace, and ensue it."
"Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and
"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is
"Experience is only half of experience."
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with
what happens to him."
"Few men are worthy of experience. The majority lets it corrupt
"Experience is the name everybody gives to his mistakes."
"If a man has character, he also has his typical experience."
"To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which
illumine only the track it has passed."