There is no great genius without some touch of madness
Anger: an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.
Retire into yourself as much as possible. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one. People learn as they teach.
Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.
That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this -- that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.