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An unjust peace is better than a just war.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
The safety of the people shall be the highest law.
A letter does not blush.
People do not understand what a great revenue economy is.
We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.
O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are, but also because you do not know how wretched you are!
Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning.
The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.
I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Never injure a friend, even in jest.
Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
In time of war the laws are silent.
Thrift is of great revenue.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world.
Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due.
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.