Fortune is with the man who exerts himself. They are weak men who declare fate as the sole cause for all misfortunes.
As the potter forms the lump of clay into whatever shape he likes even so may a man regulate his own actions.
From covetousness proceed ill nature and of ill nature is born stubbornness; from stubbornness is created a delusion of reason, and that delusion is the cause of sin.
Fortitude in adversity, and moderation in prosperity; eloquence in the senate, and courage in the field; great glory in renown, and labor in study; are the natural perfection of great minds.