No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
I would fain grow old learning many things.
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.
He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.