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He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
There is no such thing as a lovers’ oath.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
It is right to give every man his due.
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
To be sure I must; and therefore I may assume that your silence gives consent.
The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences.
The wisest have the most authority.
For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Democracy passes into despotism.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns.
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.