Before anything else decided that he must instill in his subjects the fear of the gods, this being the most effective measure with an ignorant, and at that time uncultured, people.
We feel public misfortunes just so far as they affect our private circumstances, and nothing of this nature appeals more directly to us than the loss of money.
There are laws for peace as well as war.
Nowhere are our calculations more frequently upset than in war.
For he considered that, in many cases, but especially in war, mere appearances have had all the effect of realities; and that a person, under a firm persuasion that he can command resources, virtually has them; that very prospect inspiring him with hope and boldness in his exertions.
Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulties, but is never finally suppressed.
There is an old saying which, from its truth, has become proverbial, that friendships should be immortal, enmities mortal.
Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods.
They lived under a just and moderate government, and they admitted that one bond of their fidelity was that their rulers were the better men.
Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence.
Nature has ordained that the man who is pleading his own cause before a large audience, will be more readily listened to than he who has no object in view other than the public benefit.
Toil and pleasure, dissimilar in nature, are nevertheless united by a certain natural bond.
Such is the nature of crowds: either they are humble and servile or arrogant and dominating. They are incapable of making moderate use of freedom, which is the middle course, or of keeping it.
Many things complicated by nature are restored by reason.
They are more than men at the outset of their battles; at the end they are less than the women.