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" A bad peace is even worse than war. "
" Custom adapts itself to expediency. "
" A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. "
" Things forbidden have a secret charm. "
" Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement. "
" Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. "
" No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. "
" Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards. "
" Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. "
" Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin. "
" Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. "
" Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. "
" It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. "
" Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty. "
" Greater things are believed of those who are absent. "
" When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. "
" Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. "
" 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. "
" All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end. "
In The End
" The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. "
" To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it. "
" In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous. "
" Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from. "
" Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. "
" When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. "
" All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. "
" It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay. "
" A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. "
" We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. "
" He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again. "
" Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir. "