Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
Most people would rather get than give affection
Philosophy is the science which considers truth
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it....
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victort is the victory over self.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.
Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.
The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance
It is easy to fly into a passion anybody can do that but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.
All paid employments... absorb and degrade the mind.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes : chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, desire.
We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
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