“States are doomed when they are unable to distinguish good men from bad.”

We ought to make love to such women as will feel a proper gratitude.

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.

Wealth and poverty do not lie in a person’s estate, but in their souls.

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life.

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.