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Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
Viewed from a distance, everything is beautiful.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
The worst hatred is that of relatives.
Where they make a desert they call it peace.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
Great empires are not maintained by timidity.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
Style like the human body is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted.
If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Crime, once exposed, has no refuge but in audacity.
A bad peace is worse than war.
Candour and generosity unless tempered by due moderation lead to ruin.
It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
The more corrupt the state the more laws.