1. “A quiet mind cureth all.”
— Robert A. Burton
2. “Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen.”
3. “Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity.”
4. “Build castles in the air.”
5. “It is most true, stylus virum arguit, – our style betrays us.”
6. “Out of too much learning become mad.”
7. “Ignorance is the Mother of Devotion.”
8. “Our mental limitations prevent us from accepting our mental limitations.”
9. “Diseases crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, rivel them up like old apples, make them as so many Anatomies.”
10. “Temperance is a bridle of gold; he, who uses it rightly, is more like a god than a man.”
11. “Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him, all his life long.”
12. “Employment, which Galen calls ‘Nature’s Physician,’ is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery.”
13. “Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.”
14. “He is only fantastical that is not in fashion.”
15. “Tobacco, divine, rare superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all panaceas, potable gold and philosopher’s stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases.”
16. “One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is, and that’s his plague.”
17. “Naught so sweet as melancholy.”
18. “They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.”
19. “Certainty and similar states of ‘knowing what we know’ arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that, like love or anger, function independently of reason.”
20. “Every schoolboy hath that famous testament of Grunnius Corocotta Porcellus at his fingers end.”
21. “The brain, having never taken a course in philosophy, is the ultimate pragmatist; what is true is what works. Like any successful oddsmaker, the brain is a predictor of probabilities, not a stickler for the perfect answer.”
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