In men of the highest character and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honour, command, power, and glory.
A war is never undertaken by the ideal State, except in defense of its honor or its safety.
All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position.
When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.