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Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.
People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.
The good is the beautiful.
Democracy… is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine.
Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Philosophy begins in wonder.
Science is nothing but perception.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.