And as in men's bodies, so in government, that disease is most serious which proceeds from the head.
Glory ought to be the consequence, not the motive of our actions.
However often you may have done them a favour, if you once refuse they forget everything except your refusal.
The happier time, the quicker it passes
Never do a thing concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.
It is wonderful how the mind is stirred and quickened into activity by brisk bodily exercise.
He [Pliny the Elder] used to say that 'no book [etc] was so bad but some good might be got out of it'.
There is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part. -Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit
They enhance the value of their favors by the words with which they are accompanied.
Perhaps you will ask whether I can raise these three millions without difficulty. Well, nearly all my capital is invested in land, but I have some money out at interest and I can borrow without any trouble.
It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. -Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas
For however often a man may receive an obligation from you, if you refuse a request, all former favors are effaced by this one denial.
Honor puts us under an obligation as binding as necessity is for other people.
Unfinished paintings are more admired than the finished because the artist's actual thoughts are left visible.
Too much polishing weakens rather than improves a work.
Literature is both my joy and my comfort: it can add to every happiness and there is no sorrow it cannot console.
Everyone must be given something he can grasp and recognize as his own idea.
Everyone is prejudiced in favor of his own powers of discernment...
In the pleading of cases nothing pleases so much as brevity.
Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things.
Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and by sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye.
Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms.
The highest of characters is his who is as ready to pardon the moral errors of mankind as if he were every day guilty of them himself; and as cautious of committing a fault as if he never forgave one.
It is better to excel in any single art than to arrive only at mediocrity in several, so moderate skill in several is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any.
There were some so afraid of death that they prayed for death.
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