It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

We are all chained to fortune: the chain of one is made of gold, and wide, while that of another is short and rusty.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.

He who injured you was either stronger or weaker. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare yourself.

It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and--what will perhaps make you wonder more--it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.

And so when you see a man often wearing the robe of office, when you see one whose name is famous in the Forum, do not envy him; those things are bought at the price of life. They will waste all their years, in order that they may have one year reckoned by their name.