The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Justice renders to every one his due.
Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.
I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors.
In the approach to virtue there are many steps.
Never can custom conquer nature, for she is ever unconquered.
I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly.[Lat., Malo indisertam prudentiam, quam loquacem stultitiam.]
Of evils one should choose the least.[Lat., Ex malis eligere minima oportere.]
Let us not go over the old ground but rather prepare for what is to come.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
There is no duty more indispensible than that of returning a kindness.
The multitude of fools is a protection to the wise.
Slowly and imperceptibly old age comes creeping on.
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.
The first bond of society is the marriage tie; the next our children; then the whole family of our house, and all things in common.
No grief is so acute but time ameliorates it.
Those who do not know history will forever remain children
All places are filled with fools.[Lat., Stultorum plenea sunt omnia.]
We don't believe a liar even when he tells the truth.
What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?
This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
More law, less justice.
That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue.[Lat., Nam quae voluptate, quasi mercede aliqua, ad officium impellitur, ea non est virtus sed fallax imitatio simulatioque virtutis.]
There is wickedness in the intention of wickedness, even though it be not perpetrated in the act.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
In a discussion of this kind our interest should be centered not on the weight of the authority but on the weight of the argument. Indeed the authority of those who set out to teach is often an impediment to those who wish to learn. They cease to use their own judgment and regard as gospel whatever
Let flattery, the handmaid of the vices, be far removed .