The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.
In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly.
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it, to fear and suspect the worst.
It's the generally accepted privilege of theologians to stretch the heavens, that is the Scriptures, like tanners with a hide.
A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.