“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. “Aristotle
“Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life ” Aristotle
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Change in all things is sweet.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Well begun is half done.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
We are what we repeatedly do.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
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.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
Evil draws men together.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
The law is reason, free from passion.
Wit is educated insolence.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.