In constructing the plot and working it out with the proper diction, the poet should place the scene, as far as possible, before his eyes. In this way, seeing everything with the utmost vividness, as if he were a spectator of the action, he will discover what is in keeping with it, and be most unlikely to overlook inconsistencies.
The lucky person passes for a genius.
Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.
As soldiers need not only courage but tactics also, so does a philosopher need not only courage and philosophy but discernment also, to tell what his right time of dying is – so that he neither seek it nor flee it.
There is the sky, which is all men’s together.
Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.
Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
It is best for the wise man not to seem wise.
Hide nothing, for time, which sees all and hears all, exposes all.
Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.