Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.
Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and... the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.
Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
Thus the sum of things is ever being reviewed, and mortals dependent one upon another. Some nations increase, others diminish, and in a short space the generations of living creatures are changed and like runners pass on the torch of life.
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
To have faith in Divine protection is good, but even beter if backed by the pratical assistance heaven has a right to expect from sensible mortals.
Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair.
Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.
There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals.
I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.
Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.
Those whose life is long still strive for gain, and for all mortals all things take second place to money.
In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing.
God has plans which mortals don't understand. He rests in the womb when the new baby forms. Whispers the life dream to infinitesimal cells. It is God who lies under the thoughts of man. He is cartilage. Memory.
For mortals vanished from the day's sweet light I shed no tear; rather I mourn for those who day and night live in death's fear.
Immortal mortals, mortal immortals, one living the others death and dying the others life.
Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.
For you are goddesses, inside on everything, know everything. But we mortals hear only the news, and know nothing at all.
Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.
Experience join'd with common sense, to mortals is a providence.