An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Character is long-standing habit.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
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.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excell
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.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt.
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.