Nature does nothing in vain.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.