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" Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. "
" Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. "
" It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt. "
" It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured. "
" The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. "
" 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. "
" 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
" When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied. "
" Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop. "
" It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay. "
" Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards. "
" We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. "
" A bad peace is even worse than war. "
" In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous. "
" A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man. "
" All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome. "
" Greater things are believed of those who are absent. "
" When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad. "
" When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing. "
" Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir. "
" No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor. "
" 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. "
" The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise. "
" Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement. "
" Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader. "
" Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor. "
" To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace. "
" Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. "
" Things forbidden have a secret charm. "
" It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure. "
" Custom adapts itself to expediency. "