(384-322 B. C), Greek philosopher
Honorable descent is, in all nations, greatly esteemed. It is to be expected that the children of men of worth will be like their progenitors; for nobility is the virtue of a family.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
It is by education I learn to do by choice, what other men do by the constraint of fear.
No one loves the man whom he fears.
There is a foolish corner even in the brain of the sage.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.—The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than even by good laws.
Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
Justice is to give to every man his own.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
To die in order to avoid anything that is evil and disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward; for it is cowardice to shun the trials and crosses of life, not undergoing death because it is honorable, but to avoid evil.
The one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than even their parents, for these only give them life, those the art of living well.
A king ruleth as he ought; a tyrant as he lists; a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.