A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
A man who permits his honor to be taken, permits his life to be taken.
Age has a good mind and sorry shanks.
Anger represents a certain power, when a great mind, prevented from executing its own generous desires, is moved by it.
Angry men are blind and foolish, for reason at such time takes flight and, in her absence; wrath plunders all the riches of the intellect, while the judgment remains the prisoner of its own pride.
Desire is poison at lunch and wormwood at dinner; your bed is a stone, friendship is hateful and your fancy is always fixed on one thing.
Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing.
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
Learning is the property of those who fear to do disagreeable things.
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.
Love doesn't hide. It stays and fights. It goes the distance, that's why love is so strong. So it can carry you all the way home.
Nature without exercise is a seed shut up in a pod, and art without practice is nothing.
Nothing, it appears to me, is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
The art of war is like the art of the courtesan; indeed they might be called sisters, since both are slaves of desperation.
There is no food more satiating than milk and honey; and just as such foods produce disgust for the palate, so perfumed and gallant words make our ears belch.
They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.
We are the buffoons of our children.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we! It seems to me that that which is given us by nature for our own preservation ought to be worn round the neck as a pendant and in the hat for a medal.
Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?
Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most?
You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.
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