One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
A lie never lives to be old.
Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.
Even a poor man can receive honors.
Better not to exist than live basely.
A man growing old becomes a child again.
How sweet for those faring badly to forget their misfortunes even for a short time.
Reason is God’s crowning gift to man.
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
A day lays low and lifts up again all human things.
Not to be born is, past all prizing, best.
It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
The gods plant reason in mankind, of all good gifts the highest.
Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.
Not even Ares battles against necessity.
But this is a true saying among men: the gifts of enemies are no gifts and profitless.
If you have done terrible things, you must endure terrible things; for thus the sacred light of injustice shines bright.
Without labor nothing prospers.
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
A wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
All a man’s affairs become diseased when he wishes to cure evils by evils.
God’s dice always have a lucky roll.
If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.
No speech can stain what is noble by nature.
Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
He who throws away a friend is as bad as he who throws away his life.
If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping.