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Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
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Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
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Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
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Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
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Democracy arises out of the nation that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
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Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
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Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
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Education is the best provision for old age.
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Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
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Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
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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.
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Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
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For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
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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.
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For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
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He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.
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He who hath many friends hath none.
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He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
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He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
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Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
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Hope is a waking dream.
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Hope is the dream of a waking man.
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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
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I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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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 government to the utmost.
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If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
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In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
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In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
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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.
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It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
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It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
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It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
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Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
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Man is by nature a political animal.
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Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
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Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
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Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
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My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
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Nature does nothing in vain.
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No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
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No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
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No one loves the man whom he fears.
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No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
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Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
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Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
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