Man is naturally a political animal.
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.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
Hope is a waking dream.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.