A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
Democracy passes into despotism.
Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
For good nurture and education implant good constitutions.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
He who is not a good servant will not be a good master.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?
Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.
I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.
Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice.
It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn.