If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.
Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
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