Ancient Rome
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The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal
There is no need of words; believe facts
A mind conscious of right laughs at the falsehoods of rumour
The gift derives its value from the rank of the giver
The mind alone can not be exiled
Writings survive the years; it is by writings that you know Agamemnon, and those who fought for or against him
The love of glory gives an immense stimulus
The vulgar herd estimate friendship by its advantages
The most wretched fortune is safe; for there is no fear of anything worse
The punishment can be remitted; the crime is everlasting
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."