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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom.
There are three classes of men lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
One man cannot practice many arts with success.
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
Science is nothing but perception.
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality.
To prefer evil to good is not in human nature and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less.
No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.