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I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, "Action," and which was the second, he replied, "action," and which was the third, he still answered "Action.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
Barba non facit philosophum
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Time is the wisest of all counselors.
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds.
Pompey bade Sylla recollect that more worshipped the rising than the setting sun.
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp.
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in it's place is a work extremely troublesome.
The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.
Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.
The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but when old and past service.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.
There are two sentences inscribed upon the Ancient oracle... "Know thyself" and "Nothing too much"; and upon these all other precepts depend.
The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking. And the first evil that attends those who know not to be silent is that they hear nothing.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
For the wise man, every day is a festival.
For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
Vultures are the most righteous of birds: they do not attack even the smallest living creature.
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage
As bees extract honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so sensible men often get advantage and profit from the most awkward circumstances.
Neither blame or praise yourself.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
It is a high distinction for a homely woman to be loved for her character rather than for beauty.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?
Painting is silent poetry.
Our senses through ignorance of Reality, falsely tell us that what appears to be, is. FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
Mothers ought to bring up and nurse their own children; for they bring them up with greater affection and with greater anxiety, as loving them from the heart, and so to speak, every inch of them.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.
The measure of a man's life is the well spending of it, and not the length.
The belly has no ears.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind that it will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you.