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Every old poem is sacred.
A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
A picture is a poem without words.
Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain.
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it; a mistress, if thou knowest not.
We are just statistics, born to consume resources.
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
A word once uttered can never be recalled.
He gains everyone’s approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.
Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.
A word, once sent abroad, flies irrevocably.
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
Whatever advice you give, be short.
Fidelity is the sister of justice.
Clogged with yesterday’s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.
He is armed without who is innocent within, be this thy screen, and this thy wall of brass.
Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor’s wall is ablaze.
You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.
Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death.
Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
It is your concern when your neighbor’s wall is on fire.
One wanders to the left, another to the right. Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.