A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
A great fortune is a great slavery.
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.
A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
All art is but imitation of nature.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.
Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
Consider, when you are enraged at any one, what you would probably think if he should die during the dispute.
Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
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.
Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Do everything as in the eye of another.
Do not ask for what you will wish you had not got.
Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
Every guilty person is his own hangman.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
Every reign must submit to a greater reign.
Every sin is the result of a collaboration.
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Everywhere is nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.
Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.
For greed all nature is too little.
For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is.
Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
He that does good to another does good also to himself.