Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.
A gilded No is more satisfactory than a dry Yes.
Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.
The truest wild beasts live in the most populous places.
The best remedy for disturbances is to let them run their course, for so they quiet down.
Share weight and woe, for misfortune falls with double force on him that stands alone.
No one demands more caution than a spy, and when someone has the skeleton key to minds, counter him by leaving the key of caution inside, on the other side of the keyhole.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
Excellence resides in quality, not in quantity. The best is always few and rare; much lowers value.
Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
Many would be wise if they did not think themselves wise.
Keep expectation alive. Keep stirring it up. Let much promise more, and great deeds herald greater.
Attain and maintain a reputation, for it is the usufruct of fame. A stiff climb, for it is the issue of excellence, as rare as mediocrity is common.
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
Always act as if you were seen.
All victories breed, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.
Admiration is the basis of ignorance.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him, than what it has denied.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
A man is judged by his friends, for the wise and the foolish have never agreed.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
You should avoid making yourself too clear even in your explanations.
You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.
You may be obliged to wage war, but not to use poisoned arrows.
You have to appear wiser and more prudent than is required by the people you are dealing with if you want to give a high opinion of yourself.
You can cultivate taste, as you can the intellect. Full understanding whets the appetite and desire, and, later, sharpens the enjoyment of possession.
Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.
Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.
Wisdom and courage make mutual contributions to greatness.
When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.
When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it.