It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
He who hath many friends hath none.
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.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.
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.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.