Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might.
They who love in excess also hate in excess.
Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; that which you do not need is always expensive.
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
The part of life we really live is small.’ For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.
Do not waste your pity on a scamp.
No man is wise enough by himself.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.
If a herdsman, to whose care cattle or sheep have been entrusted, be guilty of fraud and make false returns of the natural increase, or sell them for money, then shall he be convicted and pay the owner ten times the loss.
History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquities.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
The life of the dead is placed on the memories of the living. The love you gave in life keeps people alive beyond their time. Anyone who was given love will always live on in another’s heart.
Let us hold our discussion together in our own persons, making trial of the truth and of ourselves.
A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
Laws are silent in times of war.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
Silence is better than unmeaning words.
What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?
Friends share all things.
Time flows away like the water in the river.
Forbidden pleasures alone are loved immoderately; when lawful, they do not excite desire.
Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
Never tire to study. And to teach to others.
All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord’s decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible.
You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man’s actions are, such must be his spirit.
The willing, Destiny guides them. The unwilling, Destiny drags them.
I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.
Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.
Small-minded people blame others. Average people blame themselves. The wise see all blame as foolishness.
Conversation has a kind of charm about it, an insinuating and insidious something that elicits secrets just like love or liquor.
The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.
As often as I have been amongst men, I have returned less a man.
You will do the greatest services to the state, if you shall raise not the roofs of the houses, but the souls of the citizens: for it is better that great souls should dwell in small houses than for mean slaves to lurk in great houses.
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