I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of nature of universals, whereas those of history are of singulars
Therefore only an utterly senseless person can fail to know that our characters are the result of our conduct.
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.
Any one can get angry — that is easy — or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.
Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it....
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.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.
The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources.
Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the nonperformance of base ones.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else.
In practical matters the end is not mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about Virtue, then, but we must endeavor to possess it, and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make.
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Most people would rather get than give affection.
Those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons.
The soul can not think without a picture.
Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may...meet with great misfortunes.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
All men by nature desire to know.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.