Laws are like spider's webs: If some poor weak creature comes up against them, it is caught; but a big one can break through and get away.
In the ideal State laws are few and simple, because they have been derived from certainties. In the corrupt State laws are many and confused, because they have been derived from uncertainties.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law.
Seek to learn constantly while you live; do not wait in the faith that old age by itself will bring wisdom.
The ideal state is that in which an injury done to the least of its citizens is an injury done to all.
Often the wicked prosper, while the righteous starve; yet I would never exchange my state for theirs, my virtue for their gold. For mine endures, while riches change their owner every day.
We can have justice whenever those who have not been injured
by injustice are as outraged by it as those who have been.
A half truth is the worst of all lies,because it can be defended in partiality.
In all things that you do, consider the end.
Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.
Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.
If all men were to bring their miseries together in one place, most would be glad to take each his own home again rather than take a portion out of the common stock.
Laws are like spiders webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
Satiety comes of riches and contumaciousness of satiety.
Call no man happy until he is dead.
Justice, even if slow, is sure.
Reprove your friend privately, commend him publicly.
Honors achieved far exceed those that are created.
In all things let reason be your guide.
Pure chastity is beauty to our souls, grace to our bodies, and peace to our desires.
[Lat., Ne quis nimis. (From the Greek)]
What thou seest, speak of with caution.
Learn to obey before you command.
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