The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, ''Action, Action, Action.''
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis [A Sheep].
Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.
Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.
Character is simply habit long continued.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.