Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
A free life cannot acquire many possessions because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
If God listened to the prayers of men all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.
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