Neither soldiers nor money can defend a king but only friends won by good deeds, merit, and honesty.
In my opinion, he only may be truly said to live and enjoy his being who is engaged in some laudable pursuit, and acquires a name by some illustrious action, or useful art.
Most honorable are services rendered to the State; even if they do not go beyond words, they are not to be despised.
It is a law of human nature that in victory even the coward may boast of his prowess, while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave.
Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits.
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.
He only seems to me to live, and to make proper use of life, who sets himself some serious work to do, and seeks the credit of a task well and skillfully performed.
Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.
They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.
In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural.
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.
The fame that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; intellectual superiority is a possession glorious and eternal.