What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Well begun is half done.
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 have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
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.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
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.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.