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The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live.
Nature abhors annihilation.
To live is to think.
More law, less justice.
The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed.
The sinews of war are infinite money.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.
It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
Hatred is inveterate anger.
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
I never admire another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
A home without books is a body without soul.
No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
True nobility is exempt from fear.
Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees.
What is permissible is not always honorable.
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.
He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.