Murder, like talent, seems occasionally to run in families.
Books have become our dearest companions, yielding exquisite delights and inspiring lofty aims.
A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
The only cure for grief is action.
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
The battle of Varus is an enigma, not in a military but in a political point of view – not in its course, but in its consequences.
The history of Rome presents various men of greater genius than Scipio Aemilianus, but none equalling him in moral purity, in the utter absence of political selfishness, in generous love of his country, and none, perhaps, to whom destiny has assigned a more tragic part.
The superiority of one mind over another depends on the rapidity with which experiences are thus organised.
When Sulla died in the year 676, the oligarchy which he had restored ruled with absolute sway over the Roman state; but, as it had been established by force, it still needed force to maintain its ground against its numerous secret and open foes.