Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
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.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Well begun is half done.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
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.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
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.