Authority and place demonstrate and try the tempers of men, by moving every passion and discovering every frailty.
To sing the same tune, as the saying is, is in everything cloying and offensive; but men are generally pleased with variety.
When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back.
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
Thus our judgments, if they do not borrow from reason and philosophy a fixity and steadiness of purpose in their acts, are easily swayed and influenced by the praise or blame of others, which make us distrust our own opinions.
When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
It is a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Valour, however unfortunate, commands great respect even from enemies: but the Romans despise cowardice, even though it be prosperous.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
Fate, however, is to all appearance more unavoidable than unexpected.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
When he was in great prosperity, and courted by many, seeing himself splendidly served at his table, he turned to his children and said: Children, we had been undone, if we had not been undone.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
By these criteria let Alexander also be judged! For from his words, from his deeds, and from the instruction' which he imparted, it will be seen that he was indeed a philosopher.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.