The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.
Whoever happens to give birth to mischievous children lives always with unending grief in his spirit and heart.
Whoever understands how to do a kindness when he fares well would be a friend better than any possession.
Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.