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Great things are won by great dangers.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
Do you see how the god always hurls his bolts at the greatest houses and the tallest trees. For he is wont to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.
The destiny of man is in his own soul.
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
Of all men’s miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.
There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
It’s impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Force has no place where there is need of skill.
All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.
To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
Men’s fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
The ears of men are lesser agents of belief than their eyes.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.