Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
From their errors and mistakes, the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
He shall fare well who confronts circumstances aright.
It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.
Forgetfulness transforms every occurrence into a non-occurrence.
Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
It is a difficult task, Oh citizens, to make speeches to the belly, which has no ears.
Rest is the sweet sauce of labour.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. “For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.