The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be so; and insolence, if unpunished, increases.
Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power.
Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible.
After having won a scepter, few are so generous as to disdain the pleasures of ruling.
He who pardons easily invites offense.
We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
Love is a tyrant sparing none.
When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.
Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
This dark brightness that falls from the stars.
Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
It takes good memory to keep up a lie.
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
How delicious is pleasure after torment!
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.
The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years.
It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
In recounting our woes, we often soothe them.