Even when the laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unchanged.
Well begun is half done.
They Young People have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
Evil draws men together.
Between friends there is no need of justice.
The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.
Man is naturally a political animal.
Law means good order.
Shame is an ornament to the young A disgrace to the old.
The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
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.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
The soul never thinks without a mental picture.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must ... be appropriate.
He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
John Stuart Mill - John Locke - Aristotle - Xenophanes - Theodor Adorno - Plotinus - Leo Strauss - Blaise Pascal - Anaxagoras - Amartya Sen