Corporis et fortunæ bonorum, ut initium, finis est. Omnia orta occidunt, et aucta senescuntThe blessings of health and fortune, as they have a beginning, must also have an end. Everything rises but to fall, and grows but to decay.
Is mihi demum vivere et frui anima videtur, qui aliquo negotio intentus, præclari facinoris aut artis bonæ famam quæritHe alone appears to me to live and to enjoy life, who, being engaged in some business, seeks reputation by some illustrious action or some useful art.
Multi mortales, dediti ventri atque somno, indocti incultique vitam sicuti peregrinantes transiere; quibus profecto contra naturam corpus voluptati, anima oneriMany men have passed through life like travellers in a strange land, without spiritual or moral culture, and given up to the lusts of appetite and indolence, whose bodies, contrary to their nature, were enslaved to indulgence, and their souls a burden.
Omnes homines, qui de rebus dubiis consultant, ab odio, amicitia, ira, atque misericordia vacuos esse decetAll men, who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.