Nothing should be so greatly feared as empty fame. This empty fame issues from vices. A broken vase of clay can be remodelled, but this is no longer possible when it has been baked. The vow is born when hope dies. The beautiful is not always the good. And the fine talkers labour under this error without any reason. He who wishes to grow rich in a day will be hanged in a year. The memory of benefits is a frail defence against ingratitude. Reprove your friend in secret and praise him in public. He who fears dangers will not perish by them. The evil which does me no harm is like the good which in no wise avails me. He who offends others is not himself secure. Be not false about the past.