By Time and Age full many things are taught.
Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.
A god implants in mortal guilt whenever he wants utterly to confound a house.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.
And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.
And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.
Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen.
Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.
He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.
I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams.
I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths.
I willingly speak to those who know, but for those who do not know I forget.
I would rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evils.
I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
In every tyrant's heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.
In the lack of judgment great harm arises, but one vote cast can set right a house.
It is a light thing for whoever keeps his foot outside trouble to advise and counsel him that suffers.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
It is always in season for old men to learn.