There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means—either may do—the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.Benjamin Franklin
- Tacitumque a principe vulgus
dissidet, et, qui mos populis, venturus amatur.
- The crowd is at silent odds with the prince. As is the way of a populace, the man of the future is the favourite.
- Bk. 1, line 169
- Pessimus in dubiis augur, timor.
- Fear (in times of doubt the worst of prophets) revolves many things.
- Bk. 3, line 6
- Quid crastina volveret aetas
scire nefas homini.
- What the morrow's years might bring 'twas sin for man to know.
- Bk. 3, line 562
- Primus in orbe deos fecit timor.
- Fear first made gods in the world.
- Bk. 3, line 661
- These words also appear in a fragmentary poem attributed to Petronius.