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A docile disposition will, with application, surmount every difficulty.
Being born, we die; our end is consequent on our beginning.
Every one is the poorer in proportion as he has more wants, and counts not what he has, but wishes only what he has not.
Everyone is in a small way the image of God.
It is shameful for a man to live as a stranger in his own country, and to be uninformed of her affairs and interests.
There is a warp of evil woven in the woof of good.
We are dying from our very birth, and our end hangs on our beginning.
It is easy to spread the sails to propitious winds, and to cultivate in different ways a rich soil. and to give lustre to gold and ivory, when the very raw material itself shines.
[Lat., Facile est ventis dare vela secudis,
Fecundumque solum varias agitare per artes,
Auroque atque ebori decus addere, cum rudis ipsa
- Astronomica (3) [Success]
Everything that is created is changed by the laws of man; the earth does not know itself in the revolution of years; even the races of man assume various forms in the course of ages.
[Lat., Omnia mortali mutantur lege creata,
Nec se cognoscunt errae vertentibus annis,
Et mutant variam faciem per saecula gentes.]
- Astronomica (515) [Change]
All tings obey fixed laws.
[Lat., Certis . . . legibus omnia parent.]
- Astronomica (I, 479) [Law]
No barriers, no masses of matter, however enormous, can withstand the powers of the mind the remotest corners yield to them; all things succumb, the very heaven itself is laid open.
[Lat., Rationi nulla resistunt.
Claustra nec immense moles, ceduntque recessus:
Omnia succumbunt, ipsum est penetrabile coelum.]
- Astronomica (I, 541) [Mind]
The hours fly around in a circle.
[Lat., Volat hora per orbem.]
- Astronomica (I, 641) [Time]
Experience is always sowing the seed of one thing after another.
[Lat., Semper enim ex aliis alia proseminat usus.]
- Astronomica (I, 90) [Experience]
Who can know heaven except by its gifts? and who can find out God, unless the man who is himself an emanation from God?
[Lat., Quis coelum possit nisi coeli munera nosse?
Et reperire deum nisi qui pars ipse deorum est?]
- Astronomica (II, 115) [God]
Time stands with impartial law.
[Lat., Aequo stat foedare tempus.]
- Astronomica (III, 360) [Time]
Labor is itself a pleasure.
[Lat., Labor est etiam ipsa voluptas.]
- Astronomica (IV, 155) [Labor]
We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning
[Lat., Nascentes morimur, finiaque ab origine pendet.]
- Astronomica (IV, 16) [Death]
Every one is in a small way the image of God.
[Lat., Exemplumque dei quisque est in imagine parva.]
- Astronomica (IV, 895) [God]
We are always beginning to live, but are never living.
- Astronomica (IV, 899) [Life]