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.