In times of tumult and discord bad men have the most power mental and moral excellence require peace and quiteness.
Rumor is not always wrong. - from Life of Agricola
The principle office of history I take to be this: to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten, and that evil words and deeds should fear an infamous reputation with posterity.
Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.
He had talents equal to business, and aspired no higher
Forbidden things have a secret charm
The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
We are corrupted by prosperity
Custom adapts itself to expediency
When men are full of envy, they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
More faults are often committed while we are trying to oblige than while we are giving offense
Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, lead to ruin
The gods are on the side of the stronger
It is easier for a republican form of government to be applauded than realized
The hatred of those who are near to us is the most violent
In valor there is hope.
Lust of power is the most flagrant of all the passions
Reason and calm judgment: the qualities especially belonging to a leader.
There will be vice as long as there are men
The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms, armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes
In seasons of tumult and discord bad men have the most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quietness.
Rumor is not always wrong