In the struggle between those seeking power there is no middle course.
Liberty is given by nature even to mute animals.
[Lat., Liberatem natura etiam mutis animalibus datam.]
Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think.
[Lat., Rara temporum felicitate, ubi sentire quae velis, et quae sentias dicere licet.]
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges. (The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.)
It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.
Formerly we suffered from crimes; now we suffer from laws.
The lust for power in dominating others inflames the heart more than any other passion.
The lust for power, for dominating others, inflames the heart more than any other passion.
So, as you go into battle, remember your ancestors and remember your descendants.
[That form of] eloquence, the foster-child of licence, which fools call liberty.
[Lat., Eloquentia, alumna licentiae, quam stulti libertatem vocabant.]
We are corrupted by prosperity. And when the state is corrupt, then the laws are most multiplied.