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Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
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Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
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Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
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Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
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Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
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Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
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Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
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Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
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The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
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The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
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The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
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The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
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The gods too are fond of a joke.
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The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances
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The law is reason, free from passion.
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The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
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The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
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The soul never thinks without a picture.
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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
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The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
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The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
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There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
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Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
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Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
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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.
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Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
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To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
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We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
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We make war that we may live in peace.
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We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
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We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
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What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
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What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
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Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
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Wit is educated insolence.
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