It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.
Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
Not knowing anything is the sweetest life.
Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession.
One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.
Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
There is no greater evil than anarchy.
But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
Whoever lives among many evils just as I, how can dying not be a source of gain?
Always desire to learn something useful.
The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
Not all things are to be discovered; many are better concealed.
For those whose wit becomes the mother of villainy, those it educates to be evil in all things.
Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.
Old age and the passage of time teach all things.
Bear up, my child, bear up; Zeus who oversees and directs all things is still mighty in heaven.
When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.
Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.
A man growing old becomes a child again.
A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.
No enemy is worse than bad advice.
There is nothing more hateful than bad advice.
The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
All a man's affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that.