Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
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.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
We make war that we may live in peace.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
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.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
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.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Education is the best provision for old age.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.