"I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better."
"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics."
"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks."
"It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt."
"A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues."
"Neither blame or praise yourself."
"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality."
"Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly."
"Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little."
"I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions."
"It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors."
"The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil."
"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."
"A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."
"All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own."
"The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education."
"Memory: what wonders it performs in preserving and storing up things gone by - or rather, things that are"
"If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes."
"The wildest colts make the best horses."
"When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, "Action, Action, Action.""
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