Francis Quarles

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse.

Work and struggle and never accept an evil that you can change.

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.

It's better to do nothing with your money than something you don't understand.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.

Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

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