Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay.
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.
In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.
Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
Before you act, consider; when you have considered, tis fully time to act.
Everything that rises sets, and everything that grows, grows old.
To like and dislike the same things, this is what makes a solid friendship.
Every bad precedent originated as a justifiable measure.
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes.
All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.
In my opinion it is less shameful for a king to be overcome by force of arms than by bribery.
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
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