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Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
 

Force is legitimate where gentleness avails not.
 

Generosity is toe accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants.
[Generosity]
 

Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
 

Happiness seems made to be shared.
 

He on whom Heaven confers a sceptre knows not the weight till he bears it.
[Kings]
 

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
 

He who allows me to rule is in fact my master.
 

He who can live in infamy is unworthy of life.
 

He who does not fear death cares naught for threats.
 

He who forgives readily only invites offense.
 

He who is hated by all can not expect to live long.
 

He who pardons easily invites offense.
 

He who plays advisor is no longer ambassador.
 

How delicious is pleasure after torment!
 

I agree to, or rather aspire to, my doom.
 

I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.
 

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.
 

I have deserved neither so much honor or so much disgrace.
 

I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
 


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