A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.
A friend is a second self.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.
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.
If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
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.
Law is mind without reason.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
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.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
To perceive is to suffer.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Evil brings men together.