I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
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.
Since we think we understand when we know the explanation, and there are four types of explanation (one, what it is to be a thing; one, that if certain things hold it is necessary that this does; another, what initiated the change; and fourth, the aim), all these are proved through the middle term.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all other things in the world
A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.
Wonder implies the desire to learn.
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.
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.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.