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

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

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.

Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them. A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

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

The gods too are fond of a joke.

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

Wit is educated insolence.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Hope is a walking dream.

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.

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

In the arena of life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

What we learn to do, we learn by doing.

The gods too are fond of a joe-k.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

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