It is said that gifts persuade even the gods.
- Great people's tempers are terrible, always
- Having their own way, seldom checked,
- Dangerous they shift from mood to mood.
- How much better to have been accustomed
- To live on equal terms with one's neighbors.
- I would like to be safe and grow old in a
- Humble way. What is moderate sounds best,
- Also in practice is best for everyone.
- Greatness brings no profit to people.
- God indeed, when in anger, brings
- Greater ruin to great men's houses.
- I know indeed what evil I intend to do,
- but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury,
- fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.
- There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man.
- What greater grief than the loss of one's native land.
- When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.
- Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven.
- Let no one think of me that I am humble or weak or passive; let them understand I am of a different kind: dangerous to my enemies, loyal to my friends. To such a life glory belongs.
- Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow,
- A herb most bruised is woman.
- Oh, being a good wife is a fine thing...
- As long as it doesn't come to a bust-up.
- When someone isn't seen for a long time,
- Well, folk soon begin to imagine the worst.
- Aren't we of all god's creatures the most unlucky,
- We women? First we have to buy our husbands--
- Actually pay for a man to lord it over us...
- Think yourself lucky if you get a good one;
- It isn't done for women to divorce,
- Oh no. And what preparation do we get
- For marriage? None. If you do find you're able
- To live with him, you're lucky. If you don't,
- YOu've had it. Compare us with a man;
- If a man no longer fancies the wife he has,
- He's off, and battens on to another woman.
- But we're chained to one person; everything
- Depends on him. Oh I know what they say--
- We live a safe, comfortable life at home,
- While they go out to war, risk life and limb,
- Fighting with swords and spears to protect us.
- I'd far rather serve in the front line
- A dozen times, than go through childbirth once!
- Women don't like violence,
- But when their husbands desert them, that is different.
- You women are all the same, if bed's all right,
- You think everything else can go to the wind.
- But if there's any infringement of your bed-rights,
- Then fair is foul and all hell's let loose.
- There is no bitterness to be compared
- With that between two people who once loved.
- May he die with no joy at his end,
- The man who won't be troubled
- To unlock the keys of his heart and make a friend.
- Children are sweet as the buds in spring,
- But I've noticed that those who have them
- Have nothing but trouble all their lives.
- God in heaven has dominion
- Over so many events.
- He can frustrate what seems inevitable,
- And bring to pass the thing that you least expect.
- In life, the worst disasters come from passion.
- Some men may be more fortunate than others
- As chance has it; but no one's happy--no one.
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