I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
The life of the dead is set in the memory of the living.
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief
What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us.
What one has, one ought to use; and whatever he does, he should do with all his might.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Law applied to its extreme is the greatest injustice
I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
In time of war the laws are silent.
Every man's reputation proceeds from those of his own household.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
No one can give you better advice than yourself.
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
We should be careful that our benevolence does not exceed our means.
Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honor them.
The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.
The higher our position the more modestly we should behave.
A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?
Though liberty is established by law, we must be vigilant, for liberty to enslave us is always present under that very liberty. Our Constitution speaks of the "general welfare of the people." Under that phrase all sorts of excesses can be employed by lusting tyrants to make us bondsmen.
I criticize by creation - not by finding fault.
A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within....for the traitor appears not to be a traitor...he rots the soul of a nation...he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.
Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.
Politicians are not born; they are excreted.
Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside trivial preferences; Neglecting development and refinement of the mind; Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.
Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the 'new, wonderful good society' which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean 'more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'
The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
Extreme justice is extreme injustice.
Never was a government that was not composed of liars, malefactors and thieves.
It is difficult to persuade mankind that the love of virtue is the love of themselves.
Come now: Do we really think that the gods are everywhere called by the same names by which they are addressed by us? But the gods have as many names as there are languages among humans. For it is not with the gods as with you: you are Velleius wherever you go, but Vulcan is not Vulcan in Italy and in Africa and in Spain.