Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
Man is by nature a political animal.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.
Law is mind without reason.
A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Wit is educated insolence.
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
We make war that we may live in peace.
Anybody can become angry -- that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way -- that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
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