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.
We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.
Each man the architect of his own fate.
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.
The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.
Necessity makes even the timid brave.
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
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.
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.]
In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible
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.
The man who is roused neither by glory nor by danger it is in vain to exhort; terror closes the ears of the mind.
[Lat., Quem neque gloria neque pericula excitant, nequidquam hortere; timor animi auribus officit.]
Before you act consider; when you have considered, tis fully time to act.
No grief reaches the dead.
To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful.
Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.
One can ever assume to be what he is not, and to conceal what he is.
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