When we deliberate it is about means and not ends.
A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art.
The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.
Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.
The secret to humour is surprise.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken.
To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
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.
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
Tragedy is an imitation of a whole and complete action of some amplitude. . . . Now a whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end.