A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
All men desire to know.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Bad men are full of repentance.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Hope is a waking dream.
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become justoing just acts, temperateoing temperate acts, braveoing brave acts.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
One swallow does not make a summer.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty -- excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable -- should persist after the beauty was gone.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
We make war that we may live in peace.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Wit is educated insolence.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.