We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Character is long-standing habit.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.