A sword never kills anybody;
it's a tool in the killer's hand.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Tis the upright mind that holds true sovereignty.
Laws do not persuade
just because they threaten.
What is freedom? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance.
Democracy is more cruel than wars or tyrants.
'Tis the first art of kings, the power to suffer hate.
A golden bit does not make a better horse.
A good judge condemns wrongful acts, but does not hate them.
A great fortune is a great slavery.
A great pilot can sail even when his canvas is rent.
A great step towards independence is a good-humored stomach, one that is willing to endure rough treatment.
A large part of mankind is angry not with the sins, but with the sinners.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.