Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
When an author is too meticulous about his style, you may presume that his mind is frivolous and his content flimsy.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power.
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
The approach of liberty makes even an old man brave.
There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.
Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
Whatever is well said by another, is mine.
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.