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" A human being is only breath and shadow. "
" Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men. "
" Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day. "
" The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. "
" Evil gains work their punishment. "
" There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune. "
" You win the victory when you yield to friends. "
" Not knowing anything is the sweetest life. "
" No one who errs unwillingly is evil. "
" To him who is in fear everything rustles. "
" God's dice always have a lucky roll. "
" Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness. "
" There is nothing more hateful than bad advice. "
" Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth. "
" No one longs to live more than someone growing old. "
" Wise thinkers prevail everywhere. "
" No enemy is worse than bad advice. "
" To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task. "
" No speech can stain what is noble by nature. "
" A day lays low and lifts up again all human things. "
" For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well death is just one more night. "
" There is no success without hardship. "
" There is no witness so terrible and no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us. "
" Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession. "
" It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm. "
" Money is the worst currency that ever grew among mankind. This sacks cities, this drives men from their homes, this teaches and corrupts the worthiest minds to turn base deeds. "
" It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune. "
" There is some pleasure even in words, when they bring forgetfulness of present miseries. "
" I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow. "
" I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating. "
" Not even Ares battles against necessity. "