Well begun is half done.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
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.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
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.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
The law is reason, free from passion.