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The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
 

The gods too are fond of a joke.
 

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
 

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
[Acceptance]
 

The law is reason, free from passion.
 

The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.
 

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
 

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
[Against]
 

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
[Community]
 

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
[Teaching]
 

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
 

The physician heals, Nature makes well.
[Medicine]
 

The Pythagorean ... having been brought up in the study of mathematics, thought that things are numbers ... and that the whole cosmos is a scale and a number.
 

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
[Education]
 

The secret to humor is surprise.
 

The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows.
 

The soul never thinks without a picture.
 

The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
 

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
 

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
 


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