The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Like associates with like.
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.
I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions for the road the nearer we approach to our journey's end.
What an ugly beast the ape, and how like us.
Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.
Nature abhors annihilation.
Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
Hatred is inveterate anger.
Hatred is settled anger.
A man of courage is also full of faith.
As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
Old age: the crown of life, our play's last act.
This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
No one can give you better advice than yourself.
Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Though silence is not necessarily an admission, it is not a denial, either.
I never admire another's fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.
Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
Ability without honor is useless.