Hope, danger’s comforter.
I am not blaming those who are resolved to rule, only those who show an even greater readiness to submit.
People get into the habit of entrusting the things they desire to wishful thinking, and subjecting things they don’t desire to exhaustive thinking.
And where the rewards for merit are greatest, there are found the best citizens.
For men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.
When one is deprived of ones liberty, one is right in blaming not so much the man who puts the shackles on as the one who had the power to prevent him, but did not use it.
The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learned to cultivate the olive and the vine.
The strength of an Army lies in strict discipline and undeviating obedience to its officers.
Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
I have often before now been convinced that a democracy is incapable of empire.
We must remember that one man is much the same as another, and that he is best who is trained in the severest school.
Peace is an armistice in a war that is continuously going on.
Remember that this greatness was won by men with courage, with knowledge of their duty, and with a sense of honor in action.
Speculation is carried on in safety, but, when it comes to action, fear causes failure.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet not withstanding go out to meet it.
I have written my work, not as an essay which is to win the applause of the moment, but as a possession for all time.
He who graduates the harshest school, succeeds.
Contempt for an assailant is best shown by bravery in action.
You should punish in the same manner those who commit crimes with those who accuse falsely.
Mankind apparently find it easier to drive away adversity than to retain prosperity.
It is the habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not desire.
Still hope leads men to venture; and no one ever yet put himself in peril without the inward conviction that he would succeed in his design.
History is Philosophy teaching by example.
It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
The cause of all these evils was the lust for power arising from greed and ambition; and from these passions proceeded the violence of parties once engaged in contention.
The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.