As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
It is better to fall in with crows than with flatterers; for in the one case you are devoured when dead, in the other case while alive.
Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.
Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.
The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.
When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.
We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.
To all my friends without distinction I am ready to display my opulence: come one, come all; and whosoever likes to take a share is welcome to the wealth that lies within my soul.
There is no work so mean, but it would amply serve me to furnish me with sustenance.
I have enough to eat till my hunger is stayed, to drink till my thirst is sated; to clothe myself withal; and out of doors not Callias there, with all his riches, is more safe than I from shivering; and when I find myself indoors, what warmer shirting do I need than my bare walls? what ampler greatcoat than the tiles above my head?
Wealth and poverty do not lie in a person's estate, but in their souls.
States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.
It is a royal privilege to do good and be ill spoken of.
I'd rather be mad than feel pleasure.