I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.
But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.
When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
One should always look to the end of everything, how it will finally come out. For the god has shown blessedness to many only to overturn them utterly in the end.
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
In peace children inter their parents war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
It's impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
Not snow no nor rain nor heat nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed.
If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.
The kings might is greater than human and his arm is very long.
The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.
Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.
The ears of men are lesser agents of belief than their eyes.
As the old saw says well: every end does not appear together with its beginning.
To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.
Do you see how the god always hurls his bolts at the greatest houses and the tallest trees. For he is wont to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.
Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.
Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
This is the bitterest pain among men to have much knowledge but no power.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.
Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back.