Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
There's a lot about the character. It doesn't always happen, but there are some characters you really create a relationship with, almost as if they were your friend. And you never get into their heads again or think like them.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves.
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
I only worked on Men of Honor for three weeks, but I walked away with so much. Because Bob is the kind of actor who gives you the opportunity to really go there. And we really had to go there. I mean, we were both playing drunks.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.
Prosperity is full of friends.
Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.