It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Unions in wedlock are perverted by the victory of shameless passion that masters the female among men and beasts.
Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?