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However often you may have done them a favour, if you once refuse they forget everything except your refusal.
The happier time, the quicker it passes
And as in men's bodies, so in government, that disease is most serious which proceeds from the head.
It is difficult to retain what you may have learned unless you should practice it. -Difficile est tenere quae acceperis nisi exerceas
Too much polishing weakens rather than improves a work.
There is no book so bad that it is not profitable in some part. -Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit
Glory ought to be the consequence, not the motive of our actions.
It is wonderful how the mind is stirred and quickened into activity by brisk bodily exercise.
Everyone is prejudiced in favor of his own powers of discernment.
That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.
The erection of a monument is superfluous, our memory will endure if our lives have deserved it.
His only fault is that he has no fault.
For however often a man may receive an obligation from you, if you refuse a request, all former favors are effaced by this one denial.
Honor puts us under an obligation as binding as necessity is for other people.
Unfinished paintings are more admired than the finished because the artist's actual thoughts are left visible.
Never do a thing concerning the rectitude of which you are in doubt.
Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and by sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye.
It is better to excel in any single art than to arrive only at mediocrity in several, so moderate skill in several is to be preferred where one cannot attain to perfection in any.
There were some so afraid of death that they prayed for death.
Generosity, when once set going, knows not how to stop; as the more familiar we are with the lovely form, the more enamored we become of her charms.
Literature is both my joy and my comfort: it can add to every happiness and there is no sorrow it cannot console.
In the pleading of cases nothing pleases so much as brevity.
Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things.
Everyone must be given something he can grasp and recognize as his own idea.
Fear is a feeling that is stronger than love.
They enhance the value of their favors by the words with which they are accompanied.
He [Pliny the Elder] used to say that 'no book [etc] was so bad but some good might be got out of it'.
The living voice is that which sways the soul.
Poets have a license to lie.
The longest day is soon ended.
Prosperity tries the fortunate adversity the great.
Nullus est liber tam malus ut non aliqua parte prosit - There is no book so bad that it is not profitable on some part.