This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Your silence gives consent.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
He was a wise man who invented beer.
Science is nothing but perception.
Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns.
It is right to give every man his due.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.