There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen.
To begin with myself, then, the utterances of men concerning me will differ widely, since in passing judgment almost every one is influenced not so much by truth as by preference, and good and evil report alike know no bounds.
How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
And tears are heard within the harp I touch.
How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!
What name to call thee by, O virgin fair, I know not, for thy looks are not of earth And more than mortal seems thy countenances.
Who naught suspects is easily deceived.
A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.
Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.