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Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to w...
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Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
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Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives wi...
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason,...
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All men by nature desire knowledge.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the laps...
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A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
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They should rule who are able to rule best.
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The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature o...
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A Delphic sword.
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Numbers are intellectual witnesses that belong only to mankind.
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The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
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Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
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Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish we...
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Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, an...
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The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to g...
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Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
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Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and in...
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Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile.
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Education is the best provision for old age.
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Change in all things is sweet.
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Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
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A friend to all is a friend to none.
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Beauty is the gift of God.
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I have gained this by philosophy … I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by t...
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A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must . . . be appropriate.
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Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
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Man is by nature a civic animal.
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The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
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Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know.
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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence
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Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity
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The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences d...
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Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.
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He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
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So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain thei...
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The law is reason free from passion
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Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues
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Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants ...
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Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
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Our characters are a result of our conduct
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A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must . . . be appropriate.
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When their adventures do not succeed, however, they run away; but it was the mark of a brave man to ...
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Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior
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Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty - excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beau...
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The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect; it is too exciting.
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