Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
The man who does ill must suffer ill.
Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance.
No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.
Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
No modest man ever did or ever will make a fortune.
Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the headless monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.
A man's homeland is wherever he prospers.
The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.
If a man's fortune does not fit him, it is like the shoe in the story; if too large it trips him up, if too small it pinches him.
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
As the imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man, so also is this joy of musical expression.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.