A sword by itself does not slay; it is merely the weapon used by the slayer.
A sword never kills anybody;
it's a tool in the killer's hand.
Arms observe no bounds; nor can the wrath of the sword, once drawn, be easily checked or stayed; war delights in blood.
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.
Once again prosperous and successful crime goes by the name of virtue; good men obey the bad, might is right and fear oppresses law.
That is why we give to children a proverb, or that which the Greeks call Chreia, to be learned by heart; that sort of thing can be comprehended by the young mind, which cannot as yet hold more. For a man, however, whose progress is definite, to chase after choice extracts and to prop his weakness by the best known and the briefest sayings and to depend upon his memory, is disgraceful; it is time for him to lean on himself. He should make such maxims and not memorize them. For it is disgraceful even for an old man, or one who has sighted old age, to have a note-book knowledge. "This is what Zeno said." But what have you yourself said? "This is the opinion of Cleanthes." But what is your own opinion? How long shall you march under another man's orders? Take command, and utter some word which posterity will remember. Put forth something from your own stock.
Tis the upright mind that holds true sovereignty.
Laws do not persuade
just because they threaten.
Who vaunts his race, lauds what belongs to others.
What is freedom? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any restraint, to any chance.
Freedom can't be kept for nothing. If you set a high value on liberty, you must set a low value on everything else.
The cause of anger is the belief that we are injured; this belief, therefore, should not be lightly entertained. We ought not to fly into a rage even when the injury appears to be open and distinct: for some false things bear the semblance of truth. We should always allow some time to elapse, for time discloses the truth.
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.