The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement.
If a man’s fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers.
Labor diligently to increase your property.
I hate the irreverent rabble and keep them far from me.
Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
Every old poem is sacred.
He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.