I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
While Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the Great King’s army and demanded that the Greeks lay down their arms and submit to the might of Persia. Leonidas laconically told Xerxes, “Come and get them.”
The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.