There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.
Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds.
Not even Ares battles against necessity.
What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous without a woman's excellence?
Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.
To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it.
Whoever gets up and comes to grips with Love like a boxer is a fool.
A human being is only breath and shadow.
But whoever gives birth to useless children, what would you say of him except that he has bred sorrows for himself, and furnishes laughter for his enemies.
Despair often breeds disease.
If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.
God's dice always have a lucky roll.
A wise man does not chatter with one whose mind is sick.
No treaty is ever an impediment to a cheat.
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: 'Thou shalt not ration justice.'