Character and intelligence are the poles you talent spins on, displaying your gifts.
Have Friends. 'Tis a second existence.
Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.
When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.
All victories breed, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.
The path to greatness is along with others.
Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itselft.
A wise prince must never take things easy in times of peace.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.
It is a great deed to leave nothing for tomorrow.
When desire dies, fear is born.
Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
There is no wilderness like a life without friends.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Know or listen to those who know.
Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you'll see how valuable it really is. It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.
The more merit, the less affection.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Cultivate those who can teach you.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracia
Harness the imagination, for she is the whole of happiness.
The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.
Life is a warfare against the malice of others.
Hurry is the weakness of fools.
Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends.
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.