Style, like the human body, is specially beautiful when the veins are not prominent and the bones cannot be counted.
Where they make a desert, they call it peace.
A bad peace is even worse than war.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
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.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.