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Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

Nature creates nothing without a purpose.

Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

The primary question is not, 'What do we know?', but 'How do we know?'.

The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue.

Dissimilarity of habit tends more than anything to destroy affection.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

All men by nature desire to know.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.

Happiness is a state of activity.

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day. And so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

Law is order, and good law is good order.

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.

Character is that which reveals moral purposes, exposing the class of things man chooses or avoids.

Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.

Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

The secret to humor is surprise.

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

To perceive is to suffer.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Man is by nature a political animal.

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

There was never a great genius without a tincture of madness.

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