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Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.
 

We are all excited by the love of praise, and it is the noblest spirits that feel it most.
[Praise]
 

We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.
 

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
[Motivation]
 

We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.
 

We do not destroy religion by destroying superstition.
 

We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings.
 

We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
 

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
 

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
[Affection]
 

We should never so entirely avoid danger as to appear irresolute and cowardly; but, at the same time, we should avoid unnecessarily exposing ourselves to danger, than which nothing can be more foolish.
[Danger]
 

We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
[Action]
 

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
 

What a time! What a civilization!
 

What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
 

What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?
[Children]
 

What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
[Education]
 

What is becoming in behavior is honorable, and what is honorable is becoming.
 

What is permissible is not always honorable.
 

What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.
 


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