He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
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.