The hatred of relatives is the most violent.
Things are not to be judged good or bad merely because the public think so.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy;
many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
Valor is of no service, chance rules all, and the bravest often fall by the hands of cowards.
All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.
In all things there is a law of cycles.
The more corrupt the state, the more laws.
Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.
It belongs to human nature to hate those you have injured.
Forbidden things have a secret charm.
In a state where corruption abounds, laws must be very numerous.
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
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.
All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.
Posterity will pay everyone their due.
Posterity gives every man his true value.
Seek to make a person blush for their guilt rather than shed their blood.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
It is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
No one would have doubted his ability to reign had he never been emperor.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
The love of fame is the last weakness which even the wise resign.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away;
but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.
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.
The brave and bold persist even against fortune;
the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.
Custom adapts itself to expediency.
The repose of nations cannot be secure without arms.
Armies cannot be maintained without pay, nor can the pay be produced without taxes.
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.
To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it.
When the state is most corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.
Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Victor and vanquished never unite in substantial agreement.
They make a wilderness and call it peace.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire;
and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
A bad peace is even worse than war.