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All men by nature desire knowledge.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Change in all things is sweet.
We make war that we may live in peace.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
All men by nature desire to know.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we ...
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
The gods too are fond of a joke.

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"The law is reason, free from passion." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The end of labor is to gain leisure." Make picture quote!
"The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness." Make picture quote!
"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead." Make picture quote!
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances." Make picture quote!
"The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes." Make picture quote!
"The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching." Make picture quote!
"The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain." Make picture quote!
"The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons." Make picture quote!
"Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular." Make picture quote!
"Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved." Make picture quote!
"Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves." Make picture quote!
"No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world." Make picture quote!
"Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends." Make picture quote!
"Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference." Make picture quote!
"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." Make picture quote!
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." Make picture quote!
"Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness." Make picture quote!
"Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities." Make picture quote!
"Quality is not an act, it is a habit." Make picture quote!
"Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms." Make picture quote!
"Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind." Make picture quote!
"Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures." Make picture quote!
"Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth." Make picture quote!
"Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit." Make picture quote!
"What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do." Make picture quote!
"We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one." Make picture quote!
"We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time." Make picture quote!
"Well begun is half done." Make picture quote!
"What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions." Make picture quote!
"To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill." Make picture quote!
"Wit is educated insolence." Make picture quote!
"Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods." Make picture quote!
"Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope." Make picture quote!
"Happiness depends upon ourselves." Make picture quote!
"No one loves the man whom he fears." Make picture quote!
"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." Make picture quote!
"The soul never thinks without a picture." Make picture quote!
"The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival." Make picture quote!
"The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom." Make picture quote!
"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." Make picture quote!
"The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live." Make picture quote!
"The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication." Make picture quote!
"The secret to humor is surprise." Make picture quote!
"There was never a genius without a tincture of madness." Make picture quote!
"Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics." Make picture quote!
"Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach." Make picture quote!
"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last." Make picture quote!
"The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." Make picture quote!
"Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it." Make picture quote!
"Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal." Make picture quote!
"Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers." Make picture quote!
"Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government." Make picture quote!
"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them." Make picture quote!
"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity." Make picture quote!
"Education is the best provision for old age." Make picture quote!
"Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered." Make picture quote!
"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." Make picture quote!
"Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil." Make picture quote!
"For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all." Make picture quote!
"For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy." Make picture quote!
"For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." Make picture quote!
"Friendship is essentially a partnership." Make picture quote!
"No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye." Make picture quote!
"Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"He who hath many friends hath none." Make picture quote!
"Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age." Make picture quote!
"Bad men are full of repentance." Make picture quote!
"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"All virtue is summed up in dealing justly." Make picture quote!
"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind." Make picture quote!
"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." Make picture quote!
"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire." Make picture quote!
"Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence." Make picture quote!
"A true friend is one soul in two bodies." Make picture quote!
"A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end." Make picture quote!
"A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold." Make picture quote!
"A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one." Make picture quote!
"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms." Make picture quote!
"Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit." Make picture quote!
"He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature." Make picture quote!
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life." Make picture quote!
"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." Make picture quote!
"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world." Make picture quote!
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Make picture quote!
"It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy." Make picture quote!
"Man is by nature a political animal." Make picture quote!
"It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully." Make picture quote!
"Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence." Make picture quote!
"It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition." Make picture quote!
"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends." Make picture quote!
"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts." Make picture quote!
"Most people would rather give than get affection." Make picture quote!
"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own." Make picture quote!
"My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake." Make picture quote!
"Nature does nothing in vain." Make picture quote!
"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness." Make picture quote!
"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." Make picture quote!
"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state." Make picture quote!
"He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled." Make picture quote!
"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god." Make picture quote!
"Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars." Make picture quote!
"Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully." Make picture quote!
"Hope is a waking dream." Make picture quote!
"Hope is the dream of a waking man." Make picture quote!
"It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought." Make picture quote!
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law." Make picture quote!
"In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme." Make picture quote!
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." Make picture quote!
"In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech." Make picture quote!
"In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels." Make picture quote!
"In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds." Make picture quote!
"Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions." Make picture quote!
"It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken." Make picture quote!
"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." Make picture quote!
"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire." Make picture quote!
"Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way; this is not easy." Make picture quote!
"Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids" Make picture quote!
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." Make picture quote!
"Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. " Make picture quote!
"happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it" Make picture quote!
"He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander." Make picture quote!
"If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence." Make picture quote!
"It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it." Make picture quote!
"It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions." Make picture quote!
"Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom." Make picture quote!
"Said in 1979, on giving up her attempt to be named director of the television version of the first volume of her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Make picture quote!
"Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy, for he will never do those things which are hateful and petty" Make picture quote!
"The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children." Make picture quote!
"The intention makes the crime." Make picture quote!
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." Make picture quote!
"You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event- it is a habit. " Make picture quote!

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