Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.
Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
Here honor binds me, and I wish to satisfy it.
And the combat ceased, for want of combatants.
Brave men are brave from the very first.<br>[Fr., Les hommes valeureux le sont au premier coup.]
If anyone wants to know what elephants are like, they are like people only more so.
It matters more how one gives than what one gives
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
Ambition aspires to descend
The universe has no prince or king that it [Rome] would consider equal to its humblest citizen.
It is the guilt, not the scaffold, which constitutes the shame.
Happiness is meant to be shared.
It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
As our self-interests differ, so do our feelings.
To die for one’s country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
A good memory is needed once we have lied.<br>[Fr., Il faut bonne memoire apres qu’on a menti.]
It is an imprudence common to kings to listen to too much advice and to err in their choice.
As for our gods, we have a few too many to be true.
I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible
He who despises life is his life’s master.
Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.<br>[Lat., Devine, si tu peux, et choisis, si tu l’oses.]
If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate?
Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
He who forgives readily only invites offense.
Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.
An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past
In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.
The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
Every man of courage is a man of his word.
He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases!<br>[Lat., Qui se laisse outrager, merite qu’on l’outrage<br>Et l’audace impunie enfle trop un courage.]
They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
Among wellborn spirits courage does not depend on age.
Heaven often regulates effects by their causes, and pays the wicked what they have deserved.