Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.
Love is no assignment for cowards.
Difficulty is what wakes up the genius.
He lives well who lives retired, and keeps
His wants within the limits of his means.
If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow.
What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere.
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
There is nothing constant in the universe. All ebb and flow, and every shape that’s born, bears in its womb the seeds of change.
Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.
If you want to be loved, be lovable.
The purpose of law is to prevent the strong always having their way.
Simplicity is a jewel rarely found.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
[Lat., Et res non semper, spes mihi semper adest.]
I shall speak facts; but some will say I deal in fiction.
Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.
What is without periods of rest will not endure.
All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.
When the roses are gone, nothing is left but the thorn.
Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.
There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
Whilst you are prosperous you can number many friends; but when the storm comes you are left alone.