A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
He had a certain frankness and generosity, qualities indeed which turn to a man's ruin, unless tempered with discretion.
The lust of fame is the last that a wise man shakes off.
When men are full of envy they disparage everything, whether it be good or bad.
There will be vice as long as there are men.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Things forbidden have a secret charm.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
When they are not at war they do a little hunting, but spend most of their time in idleness, sleeping and eating. The strongest and most warlike do nothing. They vegetate, while the care of hearth and home and fields is left to the women, the old and the weak. Strange inconsistency of temperament, which makes the same men lovers of sloth and haters of tranquility.
Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man.