If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
No one can wear a mask for very long.
Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.
It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.
Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.
The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.
While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.
We most often go astray on a well trodden and much frequented road.
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge.
There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich.
What does reason demand of a man? A very easy thing--to live in accord with his nature.
The arts are the servant; wisdom its master.
Unjust dominion cannot be eternal.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
To be always fortunate, and to pass through life with a soul that has never known sorrow, is to be ignorant of one half of nature.
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.
Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.
The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.
If you wished to be loved, love.
What once were vices are manners now.
Life without the courage for death is slavery.
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.
Dangerous is wrath concealed. Hatred proclaimed doth lose its chance of wreaking vengeance.
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
Speech is the mirror of the mind. (Imago Animi Sermo Est).
The greatest remedy for anger is delay.
The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us that injury that provokes it.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him.
It should be our care not so much to live a long life as a satisfactory one.
Fear keeps pace with hope. Nor does their so moving together surprise me; both belong to a mind in suspense, to a mind in a state of anxiety through looking into the future. Both are mainly due to projecting our thoughts far ahead of us instead of adapting ourselves to the present. Thus it is that foresight, the greatest blessing humanity has been given, is transformed into a curse.
Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order.
When ever the speech is corrupted so is the mind.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.
He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another.
Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Many things have fallen only to rise higher.
Not to feel one's misfortunes is not human, not to bear them is not manly.
While we are postponing, life speeds by.
'Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life. '.
Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
It is rash to condemn where you are ignorant.
We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired?
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
It is a youthful failing to be unable to control one's impulses.
Time heals what reason cannot.
It is the sign of a weak mind to be unable to bear wealth.
Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.
He who spares the wicked injures the good.
I require myself not to be equal to the best, but to be better then the bad.
It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one thankful man, I will oblige a great many that are not so.
The mind is slow to unlearn what it learnt early.
The most onerous slavery is to be a slave to oneself.
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
It is a denial of justice not to stretch out a helping hand to the fallen; that is the common right of humanity.
Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.)
One hand washes the other. (Manus Manum Lavet).
He will live ill who does not know how to die well.
We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could not live without it.
As was his language so was his life.
The best ideas are common property.
Delay not; swift the flight of fortune's greatest favours.
All art is an imitation of nature.
He who is brave is free.
To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind.
One should count each day a separate life.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted.
A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it. But if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he who slights that witness.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
Truth never perishes (Veritas numquam perit).
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.
An unpopular rule is never long maintained.
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.
Where reason fails, time oft has worked a cure.
The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error.
It is pleasant at times to play the madman.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.