There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Hope is a waking dream.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.