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Great parts produce great vices as well as virtues.
Haughtiness lives under the same roof with solitude.
He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
If a man be endued with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.
It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine.
It is better to be unborn than untaught: for ignorance is the root of misfortune.
It is proper for every one to consider, in the case of all men, that he who has not been a servant cannot become a praiseworthy master; and it is meet that we should plume ourselves rather on acting the part of a servant properly than that of the master, first, towards the laws, (for in this way we are servants of the gods), and next, towards our elders.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Let men of all ranks, whether they are successful or unsuccessful, whether they triumph or not--let them do their duty, and rest satisfied.
May I deem the wise man rich, and may I have such a portion of gold as none but a prudent man can either bear or employ.
Of all the things which a man has, next to the gods his soul is the most divine and most truly his own.
Only the dead have seen the end of conflict.
- as cited by George H.W. Bush in his inaugural address
Opinion is a medium between knowledge and ignorance.
Prefer diligence before idleness, unless you esteem rust above brightness.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
- see Plutarch "Life of Pericles" [Speech]
Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.
Seven years of silent inquiry are needful for a man to learn the truth, but fourteen in order to learn how to make it known to his fellow-men.
Sin is disease, deformity, and weakness.
Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
A tenth is Sappho, maid divine.
- in "Greek Anthology" translated by Lord Neaves
The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.
The cause of all the blunders committed by man arises from this excessive self-love. For the lover is blinded by the object loved; so that he passes a wrong judgment on what is just, good and beautiful, thinking that he ought always to honor what belongs to himself in preference to truth. For he who intends to be a great man ought to love neither himself nor his own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by himself, or by another.
The god, O men, seems to me to be really wise; and by his oracle to mean this, that the wisdom of this world is foolishness and of none effect.
The Graces sought some holy ground,
Whose sight should ever please;
And in their search the soul they found
- in "Greek Anthology" [Gods]
The greatest penalty of evil-doing is to grow into the likeness of bad men, and, growing like them, to fly from the conversation of the good, and be cut off from them, and cleave to and follow after the company of the bad.
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