Prayers and sacrifices are of no avail.
The greatest thing in style is to have a command of metaphor.
No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway.
Nothing in life is more necessary than friendship.
Walked right by an ex-girlfriend today. Not on purpose, I just didn't recognize her with her mouth closed.
Plants, again, inasmuch as they are without locomotion, present no great variety in their heterogeneous pacts. For, when the functions are but few, few also are the organs required to effect them. ... Animals, however, that not only live but perceive, present a great multiformity of pacts, and this
It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it.
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Fate of empires depends on the education of youth
If men are given food, but no chastisement nor any work, they become insolent.
No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.
The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.
Nothing is what rocks dream about
The souls ability to nourish itself lies in the heart.
Wickedness is nourished by lust.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law.
But it is not at all certain that this superiority of the many over the sound few is possible in the case of every people and every large number. There are some whom it would be impossible: otherwise the theory would apply to wild animals- and yet some men are hardly any better than wild animals.
If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.
The avarice of mankind is insatiable.
But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.
Some believe it to be just friends wanting, as if to be healthy enough to wish health.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotl
Anybody can get hit over the head.
Neither should men study war with a view to the enslavement of those who do not deserve to be enslaved; but first of all they should provide against their own enslavement, and in the second place obtain empire for the good of the governed, and not for the sake of exercising a general despotism, and
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Conscientious and careful physicians allocate causes of disease to natural laws, while the ablest scientists go back to medicine for their first principles.
For even they who compose treatises of medicine or natural philosophy in verse are denominated Poets: yet Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common except their metre; the former, therefore, justly merits the name of the Poet; while the other should rather be called a Physiologist than a Poet.