I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
The obligations of law and equity reach only to mankind; but kindness and beneficence should be extended to the creatures of every species, and these will flow from the breast of a true man, as streams that issue from the living fountain.
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in it's place is a work extremely troublesome.
Lycurgus being asked why he, who in other respects appeared to be so zealous for the equal rights of men, did not make his government democratical rather than oligarchical, "Go you," replied the legislator, "and try a democracy in your own house.
The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me.''
Time is the wisest of all counselors.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
As in the case of painters, who have undertaken to give us a beautiful and graceful figure, which may have some slight blemishes, we do not wish then to pass over such blemishes altogether, nor yet to mark them too prominently. The one would spoil the beauty, and the other destroy the likeness of the picture.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
The flatterer's object is to please in everything he does; whereas the true friend always does what is right, and so often gives pleasure, often pain, not wishing the latter, but not shunning it either, if he deems it best.
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
Barba non facit philosophum
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
Knavery is the best defense against a knave.
The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds.
What sort of tree is there which will not, if neglected, grow crooked and unfruitful; what but Will, if rightly ordered, prove productive and bring its fruit to maturity? What strength of body is there which will not lose its vigor and fall to decay by laziness, nice usage, and debauchery?
If we traverse the world, it is possible to find cities without walls, without letters, without kings, without wealth, without coin, without schools and theatres; but a city without a temple, or that practiseth not worship, prayer, and the like, no one ever saw.
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp.
God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.
The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in andmoney began to play an important part in determiningelections. Later on, this process of corruption spread tothe law courts. And then to the army, and finally theRepublic was subjected to the rule of emperors
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.
Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
Democritus said, words are but the shadows of actions.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
The new king [Alexander the Great] should perform acts so important and glorious as would make the poets and musicians of future ages labour and sweat to describe and celebrate him.
Oh, what a world full of pain we create, for a little taste upon the tongue.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage
To the Greeks, the supreme function of music was to "praise the gods and educate the youth". In Egypt... Initiatory music was heard only in Temple rites because it carried the vibratory rhythms of other worlds and of a life beyond the mortal.
Both Empedocles and Heraclitus held it for a truth that man could not be altogether cleared from injustice in dealing with beasts as he now does.
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.