Roman Poet and Prose Writer
"As far as the stars are from the earth, and as different as fire is from water, so much do self-interest and integrity differ."
"As great edifices collapse of their own weight, so Heaven sets a similar limit to the growth of prosperous states."
"Even so, when the framework of the world is dissolved, and the final hour, closing so many ages, reverts to pristine chaos, then the fiery stars will drop into the sea, and the earth will shake off the ocean...and the whole distracted firmament will overthrow its laws."
"Is there any other seat of the Divinity than the earth, sea, air, the heavens, and virtuous minds? why do we seek God elsewhere? He is whatever you see; He is wherever you move."
"It is not becoming to turn from friends in adversity, but then it is for those who have basked in the sunshine of their prosperity to adhere to them. No one was ever so foolish as to select the unfortunate for a friend."
"The conqueror is not so much pleased by entering into open gates, as by forcing his way. He desires not the fields to be cultivated by the patient husbandman; he would have them laid waste by fire and sword. It would be his shame to go by a way already opened."
"There is no friendship between those associated in power; he who rules will always be impatient of an associate."