The greater the effort, the greater the glory.
Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.
All great virtues become great men.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.
Obedience is a hard profession.
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
One is often guilty by being too just.
A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little.
He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered; such noble despair perishes with difficulty.
Whoever can do as he pleases, commands when he entreats.
What destroys one man preserves another.
He who forgives readily only invites offense.
By speaking of our misfortunes we often relieve them.
[Fr., A raconter ses maux souvent on les soulage.]
If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate?
Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
Liberty may be of no more use Than stirring up the flame of civil wars; Then, by disorder fatal to the world, One wants no king, the other wants no equal.
To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible
I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
All evils are equal when they are extreme.
[Fr., Et tous maux sont pareils alors qu'ils sont extremes.]
Let us attend to the present, and as to the future we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives.
One doesn't wish to see those to whom one owes so much.
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