Quote collection #7 (50 quotes)


“Like warmed-up cabbage served at each repast, the repetition kills the wretch at last.”

“Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.”

“Virtue is the one and only nobility.”

“Here we all live in a state of ambitious poverty.”

“Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends.”


“The man least dependent upon the morrow goes to meet the morrow most cheerfully.”

“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.”

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”

“It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.”

“Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.”

“It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls.”

“Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little.”

“Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life.”


“When he that speaks, and he to whom he speaks, neither of them understand what is meant, that is metaphysics.”

“Minds differ still more than faces.”

“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”

“Work is often the father of pleasure.”


“Where there’s life, there’s hope.”

“Moderation in all things.”

“For nowaday deference gets you friends, honesty gets you hated.”

“Extreme law is often extreme injustice.”

Oscar Wilde

“I don’t like principles. I prefer prejudices.”

“Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more.”

“When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know it is.”

“It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”

Ralph W Emerson

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”

“Do what you are afraid to do.”

“Enthusiasm is mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

Martin Luther

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”

“You are not only responsible of what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant an apple tree.”

“Reason is the enemy of faith.”


“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”

“One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.”

“I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.”

Ben Franklin

“Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and governments.”

“A man may, if he knows not how to save as he gets, keep his nose to the grindstone.”

“Ill customs and bad advice are seldom forgotten.”

“Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no persuasion move thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollity; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.”

“Games lubricate the body and the mind.”

“Drink does not drown care, but waters it, and makes it grow faster.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect.”

“He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world.”

“Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half of the world.”

“Every situation, every moment – is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”

“He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.”

“What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.”

“Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.”


“The true felicity of life is to be free from anxieties and perturbations; to understand and do our duties to God and man, and to enjoy the present without any serious dependence on the future.”

“Fate leads the willing and drags the unwilling.”

“I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”


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