A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy.
Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return.