Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
As the old saw says well: every end does not appear together with its beginning.
The gods love to punish whatever is greater than the rest.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.
Force has no place where there is need of skill.
A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.
Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.
All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
It's impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.
The destiny of man is in his own soul.