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A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious, with incidents arousing pity and fear, in order to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Hope is a waking dream.
In short, the habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs, one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends has been able to arise in Egypt, the priestly caste there having the leisure necessary for disinterested research.
Revolutions are not about trifles, but they spring from trifles.
The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
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