Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
A warrior-hunter knows that his death is waiting, and the very act he is performing now may well be his last battle on earth. He calls it a battle because it is a struggle. Most people move from act to act without any struggle or thought. A warrior-hunter, on the contrary, assesses every act; and since he has intimate knowledge of his death, he proceeds judiciously,as if every act were his last battle. Only a fool would fail to notice advantage a warrior-hunter has over his fellow men. A warrior-hunter gives his last battle its due respect. It's only natural that his last act on earth should be the best of himself. It's pleasurable that way. It dulls the edge of his fright.
We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
To give birth is a fearsome thing; there is no hating the child one has borne even when injured by it.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
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.
Catholic theology believes that God gave man free will, and you can't give somebody free will and then send in a play from the sidelines.
Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort.
But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.
And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.
I saw the Count lying within the box upon the earth, some of which the rude falling from the cart had scattered over him. He was deathly pale, just like a waxen image, and the red eyes glared with the horrible vindictive look which I knew so well.
Blushing is the color of virtue.