Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
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