Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Thus they let their anger and fury take from them the sense of humanity, and demonstrated that no beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
Themistocles said to Antiphales, Time, young man, has taught us both a lesson.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Themistocles said that a man's discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can be shown only by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost.
It is not reasonable that he who does not shoot should hit the mark, nor that he who does not stand fast at his post should win the day, or that the helpless man should succeed or the coward prosper.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn a limp.