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While there's life, there's hope.
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Whatever you do, do with all your might.


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"What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?" Make picture quote!
"We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members." Make picture quote!
"We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue." Make picture quote!
"What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us." Make picture quote!
"We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings." Make picture quote!
"What is permissible is not always honorable." Make picture quote!
"What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine." Make picture quote!
"What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might." Make picture quote!
"What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes." Make picture quote!
"When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank." Make picture quote!
"When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff." Make picture quote!
"You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself." Make picture quote!
"What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?" Make picture quote!
"Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes." Make picture quote!
"One who sees the Supersoul accompanying the individual soul in all bodies and who understands that neither the soul nor the Supersoul is ever destroyed, actually sees." Make picture quote!
"Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak." Make picture quote!
"Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live." Make picture quote!
"Peace is liberty in tranquillity." Make picture quote!
"People do not understand what a great revenue economy is." Make picture quote!
"Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age." Make picture quote!
"Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent." Make picture quote!
"Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom." Make picture quote!
"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation." Make picture quote!
"That last day does not bring extinction to us, but change of place." Make picture quote!
"Sweet is the memory of past troubles." Make picture quote!
"The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions." Make picture quote!
"Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system." Make picture quote!
"The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn." Make picture quote!
"The best interpreter of the law is custom." Make picture quote!
"So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge." Make picture quote!
"No sane man will dance." Make picture quote!
"Nature abhors annihilation." Make picture quote!
"Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth." Make picture quote!
"Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide." Make picture quote!
"Never injure a friend, even in jest." Make picture quote!
"Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything." Make picture quote!
"No obligation to do the impossible is binding." Make picture quote!
"No one can give you better advice than yourself." Make picture quote!
"No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable." Make picture quote!
"No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself." Make picture quote!
"Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?" Make picture quote!
"Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself." Make picture quote!
"Not cohabitation but consensus constitutes marriage." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind." Make picture quote!
"The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money." Make picture quote!
"The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend." Make picture quote!
"Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered." Make picture quote!
"O wretched man, wretched not just because of what you are, but also because you do not know how wretched you are!" Make picture quote!
"No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration." Make picture quote!
"To live is to think." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it." Make picture quote!
"This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again." Make picture quote!
"Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just." Make picture quote!
"Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat." Make picture quote!
"Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either." Make picture quote!
"Thrift is of great revenue." Make picture quote!
"Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature." Make picture quote!
"The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory." Make picture quote!
"To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning." Make picture quote!
"The study and knowledge of the universe would somehow be lame and defective were no practical results to follow." Make picture quote!
"To some extent I liken slavery to death." Make picture quote!
"True glory takes root, and even spreads; all false pretences, like flowers, fall to the ground; nor can any counterfeit last long." Make picture quote!
"True nobility is exempt from fear." Make picture quote!
"Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason." Make picture quote!
"We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names." Make picture quote!
"If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains." Make picture quote!
"Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability." Make picture quote!
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child." Make picture quote!
"The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others." Make picture quote!
"The false is nothing but an imitation of the true." Make picture quote!
"The good of the people is the greatest law." Make picture quote!
"The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust." Make picture quote!
"The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk." Make picture quote!
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." Make picture quote!
"The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless." Make picture quote!
"There are more men ennobled by study than by nature." Make picture quote!
"The more laws, the less justice." Make picture quote!
"The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct." Make picture quote!
"The only excuse for war is that we may live in peace unharmed." Make picture quote!
"The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due." Make picture quote!
"The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil." Make picture quote!
"The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words." Make picture quote!
"The safety of the people shall be the highest law." Make picture quote!
"The sinews of war are infinite money." Make picture quote!
"The spirit is the true self. The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure." Make picture quote!
"The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body." Make picture quote!
"The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is a possession of inestimable value." Make picture quote!
"Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared." Make picture quote!
"Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable." Make picture quote!
"Empire and liberty." Make picture quote!
"Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so." Make picture quote!
"Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends." Make picture quote!
"Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty." Make picture quote!
"For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others." Make picture quote!
"Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself." Make picture quote!
"Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law." Make picture quote!
"Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?" Make picture quote!
"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief." Make picture quote!
"Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education." Make picture quote!
"Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow." Make picture quote!
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." Make picture quote!
"Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion." Make picture quote!
"Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain." Make picture quote!
"Hatred is inveterate anger." Make picture quote!
"Hatred is settled anger." Make picture quote!
"All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief." Make picture quote!
"A friend is, as it were, a second self." Make picture quote!
"A home without books is a body without soul." Make picture quote!
"A letter does not blush." Make picture quote!
"A man of courage is also full of faith." Make picture quote!
"A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him." Make picture quote!
"A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others." Make picture quote!
"Ability without honor is useless." Make picture quote!
"Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body." Make picture quote!
"An unjust peace is better than a just war." Make picture quote!
"More law, less justice." Make picture quote!
"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." Make picture quote!
"Any man is liable to err, only a fool persists in error." Make picture quote!
"As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved." Make picture quote!
"As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind." Make picture quote!
"Before beginning, plan carefully." Make picture quote!
"Brevity is a great charm of eloquence." Make picture quote!
"Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator." Make picture quote!
"According to the law of nature it is only fair that no one should become richer through damages and injuries suffered by another." Make picture quote!
"Laws are silent in time of war." Make picture quote!
"It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness." Make picture quote!
"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment." Make picture quote!
"It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error." Make picture quote!
"It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own." Make picture quote!
"It might be pardonable to refuse to defend some men, but to defend them negligently is nothing short of criminal." Make picture quote!
"It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much." Make picture quote!
"Just as the soul fills the body, so God fills the world. Just as the soul bears the body, so God endures the world. Just as the soul sees but is not seen, so God sees but is not seen. Just as the soul feeds the body, so God gives food to the world." Make picture quote!
"Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense." Make picture quote!
"In time of war the laws are silent." Make picture quote!
"Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom." Make picture quote!
"Love is the attempt to form a friendship inspired by beauty." Make picture quote!
"Laws should be interpreted in a liberal sense so that their intention may be preserved." Make picture quote!
"Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive." Make picture quote!
"Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law." Make picture quote!
"Like associates with like." Make picture quote!
"Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts." Make picture quote!
"He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing." Make picture quote!
"Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end." Make picture quote!
"Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due." Make picture quote!
"If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it." Make picture quote!
"Honor is the reward of virtue." Make picture quote!
"I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know." Make picture quote!
"I criticize by creation - not by finding fault." Make picture quote!
"I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own." Make picture quote!
"I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors." Make picture quote!
"If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live." Make picture quote!
"I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability." Make picture quote!
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Make picture quote!
"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started." Make picture quote!
"He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason." Make picture quote!
"In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible." Make picture quote!
"In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body." Make picture quote!
"In doubtful cases the more liberal interpretation must always be preferred." Make picture quote!
"In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy." Make picture quote!
"In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures." Make picture quote!
"In honorable dealing you should consider what you intended, not what you said or thought." Make picture quote!
"I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity." Make picture quote!
"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues." Make picture quote!
"I do not understand what the man who is happy wants in order to be happier." Make picture quote!
"It is certain that memory contains not only philosophy, but all the arts and all that apperČtain to the use of life." Make picture quote!




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