Custom adapts itself to expediency.
Greater things are believed of those who are absent.
Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop.
All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.
Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor.
To plunder, to slaughter, to steal, these things they misname empire; and where they make a wilderness, they call it peace.
Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay.