Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings… (read more)
Neither blame or praise yourself.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what… (read more)
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of… (read more)
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and… (read more)
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.