"All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity. [All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.]"
"Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue."
"But assuredly Fortune rules in all things; she raised to eminence or buries in oblivion everything from caprice rather than from well-regulated principle."
"As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay."
"Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits."
"Fortune rules in all things, and advances and depresses things more out of her own will than right and justice."
"He only seems to me to live, and to make proper use of life, who sets himself some serious work to do, and seeks the credit of a task well and skillfully performed."
"In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery."
"In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art."
"In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural."
"In victory even the cowardly like to boast, while in adverse times even the brave are discredited. [In victory the very cowards may brag, defeat discredits even the brave.]"
"It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave."
"It is always easy to begin a war, but very difficult to stop one... Anyone, even a coward, can commence a war, but it can be brought to an end only with the consent of the victors."
"It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats who hide the truth in their hearts, and like jugglers, show another thing in their mouths; to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their interest, and put on a good face where there is no corresponding good will."