It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.
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.
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.
It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.
Whatever fortune brings, don't be afraid of doing things.
Fortune favours the bold.
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.
When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
Go on; don't only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets, art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.
I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.
A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient.
Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
I feel very fortunate to be compared to somebody so incredible. Michael Jackson's an icon.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.