We have only a little time to please the living. But all eternity to love the dead.
What is God singing in his profound Delphi of gold and shadow?
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness; and reverence towards the Gods must be inviolate. Great words of prideful men are ever punished with great blows, and, in old age, teach the chastened to be wise.
A city which belongs to just one man is no true city
All my care is you, and all my pleasure yours.
A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.
And if you find I've lied, from this day on call the prophet blind.
Another husband could be found and with That husband another son. But I have no mother now. I have no father. I cannot bring another brother to the world.
Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.
Do not fear for me. Make straight your own path to destiny.
I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality and then in retrospect.
Go then if you must, but remember, no matter how foolish your deeds, those who love you will love you still.
In time you will know this well: For time, and time alone, will show the just man, though scoundrels are discovered in a day.
Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
Let every man in mankind's frailty consider his last day; and let none presume on his good fortune until he find Life, at his death, a memory without pain.
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State.
The truth is what I cherish and that's my strength
I was born to join in love, not hate - that is my nature.
They are dying, the old oracles sent to Laius, now our masters strike them off the rolls. Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now -- the gods, the gods go down.
There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
To throw away an honest friend is, as it were, to throw your life away
I see the state of all of us who live, nothing more than phantoms or a weightless shadow.
One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.
Quick decisions are unsafe decisions.
If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
Think not that thy word and thine alone must be right.
For the wretched one night is like a thousand; for someone faring well death is just one more night.
Much speech is one thing, well-timed speech is another.
Do nothing secretly for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all.
Whoever thinks his friend more important than his country, I rate him nowhere.
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