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All men by nature desire knowledge.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Hope is a waking dream.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
Law is mind without reason.
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
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.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
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.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.