I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
Even when I'm railed at, I get my quota of renown.
Perfumed and gallant words make our ears belch.
Angry men are blind and foolish, for reason at such time takes flight and, in her absence; wrath plunders all the riches of the intellect, while the judgment remains the prisoner of its own pride.
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?
Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing.
The art of war is like the art of the courtesan; indeed they might be called sisters, since both are slaves of desperation.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.
Nothing, it appears to me, is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
We are the buffoons of our children.
Age has a good mind and sorry shanks.
Poetry is a whim of Nature in her lighter moods; it requires nothing but its own madness and, lacking that, it becomes a soundless cymbal, a belfry without a bell.
There is no food more satiating than milk and honey; and just as such foods produce disgust for the palate, so perfumed and gallant words make our ears belch.
Learning is the property of those who fear to do disagreeable things.
Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you'll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse.
Desire is poison at lunch and wormwood at dinner; your bed is a stone, friendship is hateful and your fancy is always fixed on one thing.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we!
He who has not been at a tavern knows not what a paradise it is. O holy tavern! O miraculous tavern!--holy, because no carking cares are there, nor weariness, nor pain; and miraculous, because of the spits, which themselves turn round and round!
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we! It seems to me that that which is given us by nature for our own preservation ought to be worn round the neck as a pendant and in the hat for a medal.
The best thing for a man to do is to be born and, being born, to die at once.
Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most?
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