Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the work of such a Being as we define God to be.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Bad men are full of repentance.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
No one loves the man whom he fears.
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
A man is the origin of his action.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
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.
Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.
And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.
The precepts of the law may be comprehended under these three points: to live honestly, to hurt no man willfully, and to render every man his due carefully.
The brave man, if he be compared with the coward, seems foolhardy; and, if with the foolhardy man, seems a coward.