Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.
Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.
Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.
Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
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.
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Duty largely consists of pretending that the trivial is critical.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.
So what we have tried to do in our later buildings is to try to be completely consistent, as a painter is consistent or as a sculptor is consistent. Architecture also must be very consistent.