Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
No one should form an acquaintance with one who has an evil character. A piece of coal, if it is hot burns, and if it's cold, blackens the hands.
What ever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were made a king, he would still gnaw at his shoes laces.
In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.
The people of the world having once been deceived, suspect deceit in truth itself.
No man should ever display his bravery unless he is prepared for battle, nor bear the marks of defiance, until he has experienced the abilities of his enemy.
A store of grain, Oh king is the best of treasures. A gem put in your mouth will not support life.
Category: Food And Eating
The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.
Category: Friends And Friendship
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
Learning is a livelihood.
That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice.
No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.
Category: Losers And Losing
When a husband is embraced without affection, there must be some reason for it.
She is a wife who is the soul of her husband.
When the leader passes over all alike, not making a distinction, then the endeavors of those who are capable of exertion are entirely lost.