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Sophocles

Lord Shang (recorded by Sima Qian)

Lord Shang (c. 4th century BCE) "If you are going to act the part of a great man, you must expect the censure of the...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "A bad man's gifts can bring no good." From Euripides’ Medea (approximately line 615), translated by James Morwood in Medea and...

Ovid

Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE) "My gift Is poetry, the praise Of beautiful girls. I can make them immortal. Fine dresses, Jewelry, gold, all perish. But the fame Bestowed by...

Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli (c. 1469-1527) "It is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "In order to oppose the laws of Nature, one has to possess exceptional powers, which often turn out to have been...

Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 11th century) "My impression is that the longer something takes, the more likely it is to go wrong." From Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale...

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755/1757-1804) "Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties." From The Federalist No....

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "As soon as one is at rest, in this world, off he goes on something else to worry about." From chapter...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain (c. 1835-1910) "A body that don't get started right when he's little ain't got no show—when the pinch comes there ain't nothing to...

Aeschylus

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Why do the gods above toil to follow, and fear to spurn, magic chants and herbs? What pact of trade holds gods duty-bound? Is...

Aeschylus

Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BCE) "God does as god decrees. And still some say that heaven would never stoop to punish men who trample the lovely grace of things untouchable....

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) "Heaven calls, And, round about you wheeling, courts your gaze With everlasting beauties. Yet your eye Turns with fond doting still upon the earth. Therefore...

Lucan

Qin Shi Huang (Recorded By Sima Qian)

Qin Shi Huang (First Emperor of Qin, r. 221-210) "It was because of the marquises and kings that the world suffered so long from unending...

Lucan

Lucan (c. 39-65) "Where does the miserable fate of our empire not find civil war?" From Lucan’s Civil War (Book 10, approximately between lines 410-433), translated...

Livy

Livy (c. 59 BCE-17 CE) "Peace is the desire even of men well able to conquer; what then should our own desire be? Should we...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (c. 1712-1778) "Not one of you is so ignorant as not to know that, when the laws lose their force and those who...

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (c. 1755/1757-1804) "Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties." From The Federalist No....

Sophocles

Sophocles (c. 496-406/405 BCE) "Of course you cannot know a man completely, his character, his principles, sense of judgment, not till he's shown his colors, ruling the...

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