Ambassadors are the eye and ear of states.
Conspiracies, since they cannot be engaged in without the fellowship of others, are for that reason most perilous; for as most men are either fools or knaves, we run excessive risk in making such folk our companions.
Experience has always shown, and reason also, that affairs which depend on many seldom succeed.
He who imitates what is evil always goes beyond the example that is set; on the contrary, he who imitates what is good always falls short.
It is a great matter to be in authority over others; for authority, if it be rightly used, will make you feared beyond your actual resources.
Never wage war on religion, nor upon seemingly holy institutions, for this thing has too great a force upon the minds of fools.
Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.
There is no evil in human affairs that has not some good mingled with it.
There is nothing so fleeting as the memory of benefits received.
Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge.
We fight to great disadvantage when we fight with those who have nothing to lose.
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