Would that the Roman people had a single neck to cut off their head.
Once killing starts, it is difficult to draw the line.
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He learnt to write what is regarded by competent critics as the purest Latin of the middle ages…The breadth of his reading in the Latin classics is astonishing.
John of Salisbury
If I were pressed to say why I loved him,
I feel that my only reply could be:
'Because it was he, because it was I'.
Michel de Montaigne
A stumble may prevent a fall.
Perfection is the child of time.
One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.
Age steals away all things, even the mind.
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
The world is growing old;
Who would not be at rest and free
Where love is never cold?