Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.