The safety of the people shall be the highest law
The way to avoid the imputation of impudence is, not to be ashamed of what we do, but never to do what we ought to be ashamed of.
Taxes are the sinews of the state.
Let every man practice the art that he knows best.
Rashness is the characteristic of ardent youth, and prudence that of mellowed age.
All great men are in some degree inspired.
The greatest incitement to guilt is the hope of sinning with impunity.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Let a man practice the profession which he best knows.
A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters.
Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.
What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
Topics: Friendship, Friends
Can there be greater foolishness than the respect you pay to people collectively when you despise them individually?
No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
I prefer the most unfair peace to the most righteous war.
There is no opinion so absurd but that some philosopher will express it.
The man who commands efficiently must have
obeyed others in the past, and the man who obeys
dutifully is worthy of being some day a commander.
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
For every man’s nature is concealed with many folds of disguise, and covered as it were with various veils. His brows, his eyes, and very often his countenance, are deceitful, and his speech is most commonly a lie.
Learning maketh young men temperate, is the comfort of old age, standing for wealth with poverty, and serving as an ornament to riches.
The thirst of desire is never filled, nor fully satisfied.
It is a great thing to know our vices.
What is becoming in behavior is honorable, and what is honorable is becoming.
Victory is by nature insolent and haughty.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.
Topics: Vanity, Miscellaneous, Conscience, Confidence, Self-trust
Friendship is nothing else than an accord in all things, human and divine, conjoined with mutual good-will and affection.
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
We all are imbued with the love of praise.
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
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