What profits us, that we from heaven derive a soul immortal, and with looks erect survey the stars, if, like the brutal kind, we follow where our passions lead the way?
Mercifulness makes us equal to the gods.
He is next to the gods whom reason and not passion impels.
Luxury, that alluring pest with fair forehead, which, yielding always to the will of the body, throws a deadening influence over the senses, and weakens the limbs more than the drugs of Circe’s cup.
The people are fashioned according to the example of their king; and edicts are of less power than the model which his life exhibits.
He who strikes terror in others is himself continually in fear.