The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Hope is a waking dream.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
We cannot learn without pain.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.