Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgement.
Whatever limits us, we call Fate.
Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.
The key to every man is his thought.... He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.
Be silent as to services you have rendered, but speak of favours you have received.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Be not too hasty either with praise or blame; speak always as though you were giving evidence before the judgement-seat of the Gods.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.