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" Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. "
" Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure. "
" Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty. "
" A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. "
" As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay. "
" It is better to use fair means and fail, than foul and conquer. "
" Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue. "
" In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art. "
" In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense. "
" Do as much as possible, and talk of yourself as little as possible. "
" It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave. "
" Every man is the architect of his own fortune. "
" The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes. "
" Before you act, consider; when you have considered, tis fully time to act. "
" Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord. "
" Necessity makes even the timid brave. "
" The higher your station, the less your liberty. "
" They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it. "
" Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought. "
" In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery. "
" The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal. "
" Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay. "
" The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal. "
" To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship. "
" Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others. "