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.
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.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
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.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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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