Harmony makes small things grow; lack of it makes great things decay.
Each man the architect of his own fate.
To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful.
Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master.
It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
Deliberate before you begin; but, having carefully done so, execute with vigour.
Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible
Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.
It is always easy to begin a war, but very difficult to stop one.
It is better to use fair means and fail, than foul and conquer.
No mortal man has ever served at the same time his passions and his best interests.
Not by vows nor by womanish prayers is the help of the
gods obtained; success comes through vigilance, energy,
The poorest of men are the most useful to those seeking power.
Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.
A good man prefers to suffer rather than overcome injustice with evil.
For men who had easily endured hardship, danger and difficult uncertainty, leisure and riches, though in some ways desirable, proved burdensome and a source of grief.
One can ever assume to be what he is not, and to conceal what he is.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.
We employ the mind to rule, the body to serve.
Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
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.
Necessity makes even the timid brave.
No grief reaches the dead.
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