One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
A state arises,as I conceive,out of the needs of mankind;no one is self-sufficing,but all of us have many wants
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depends on simplicity.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.
Man never legislates,but destinies and accidents,happening in all sorts of ways,legislate in all sorts of ways.
No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.
The learning and knowledge that we have,is,at the most,but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.
The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
The punishment suffered by the wise who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of bad men.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.