Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay.
All persons who are enthusiastic that they should transcend the other animals ought to strive with the utmost effort not to pass through a life of silence, like cattle, which nature has fashioned to be prone and obedient to their stomachs.
Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
But assuredly Fortune rules in all things; she raised to eminence or buries in oblivion everything from caprice rather than from well-regulated principle.
[Lat., Sed profecto Fortuna in omni re dominatur; ea res cunctas ex lubidine magis, quam ex vero, celebrat, obscuratque.]
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.
Necessity makes even the timid brave.
Each man the architect of his own fate.
The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.
Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible
No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests.
The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.
In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
By union the smallest states thrive. By discord the greatest are destroyed.
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
To like and dislike the same things that is indeed true friendship.
Small endeavours obtain strength by unity of action: the most powerful are broken down by discord.
In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.
Greedy for the property of others, extravagant with his own
The higher your station, the less your liberty.
Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.
All men who would surpass the other animals should do their best not to pass through life silently like the beasts whom nature made prone, obedient to their bellies.
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