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Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
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.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
He who can be, and therefore is, another’s, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
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.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
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.
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.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
He who hath many friends hath none.