Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
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- We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
- Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
- Great necessities call out great virtues.
- For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.
- Learning never exhausts the mind.
- The truth of it is, learning, like travelling, and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable, by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities.