Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Well begun is half done.
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
The true and the approximately true are apprehended by the same faculty; it may also be noted that men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true, and usually do arrive at the truth. Hence the man who makes a good guess at truth is likely to make a good guess at probabilities.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.