Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.
Happiness is secured through virtue it is a good attained by man's own will.
The things that we love tell us what we are.
Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that good means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the beautiful is something pleasant to apprehend.
Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
Repeticio est mater studiorum.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
Beware of the person of one book.
Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.
The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.
Wonder is the desire for knowledge.
Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times.
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