Where Men Can Become Better Gentlemen

Quotes Alphabetically


I am an enemy to vice, and a friend to virtue. - Benjamin Franklin.

I am the wisest man because I know I don't know. I am only singularly ignorant. The rest of the citizens are twice ignorant. They think they know, but they still don't know. - Plato.

I believe that even bad people are truly good at heart. – Anne Frank.

I can't imagine how anyone can say: "I'm weak," and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it. Why not try to train your character? The answer was: "Because it's so much easier not to! – Anne Frank.

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle.

I don't believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago! – Anne Frank.

I don't have much in the way of money or worldly possessions, I'm not beautiful, intelligent or clever, but I'm happy, and I intend to stay that way! – Anne Frank.

I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. – Anne Frank.

I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. - Plato.

If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. - Plato.

If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly in hand before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer. – Anne Frank.

If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. – Aristotle.

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way. – Aristotle.

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. - Plato.

If the truth is told, things are just as bad as you yourself care to make them. – Anne Frank.

If you were a servant, would you not be ashamed that a good master should catch you idle? Are you then your own master, be ashamed to catch yourself idle. - Benjamin Franklin.

If you would be wealthy…think of saving as well as getting. - Benjamin Franklin.

If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself. - Benjamin Franklin.

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some, for, he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. - Benjamin Franklin.

Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. - Plato.

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. – Aristotle.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. - Plato.

I love you, with a love so great that it simply couldn't keep growing inside my heart, but had to leap out and reveal itself in all its magnitude. – Anne Frank.

I'm currently in the middle of a depression. I couldn't really tell you what set it off, but I think it stems from my cowardice, which confronts me at every turn. – Anne Frank.

I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out. – Anne Frank.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. – Aristotle.

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle.

Industry and constant employment are great preservatives of the morals and virtue of a nation. - Benjamin Franklin.

Industry need not hope, he that lives upon hope will die fasting. - Benjamin Franklin.

Industry pays debts, while despair increases them. - Benjamin Franklin.

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. - Plato.

I never saw an oft removed tree, nor an oft removed family, that throve so well as those that settled be. - Benjamin Franklin.

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. – Aristotle.

Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice. - Plato.

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. – Aristotle.

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. – Aristotle.

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank.

In the affairs of this world men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it. - Benjamin Franklin.

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. – Anne Frank.

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria. - Benjamin Franklin.

I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of every body. - Benjamin Franklin.

Is it not also true that no physician, in so far as he is a physician, considers or enjoins what is for the physician's interest, but that all seek the good of their patients? For we have agreed that a physician strictly so called, is a ruler of bodies, and not a maker of money, have we not? - Plato.

I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up to now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it. – Anne Frank.

I think vital religion has always suffered, when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. – Aristotle.

It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. - Plato.

It is as expedient that a wicked man be punished as that a sick man be cured by a physician; for all chastisement is a kind of medicine. - Plato.

It is as truly folly for the poor to ape the rich, as for the frog to swell, in order to equal the ox. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. – Aristotle.

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought. – Aristotle.

It is necessary for me to be extremely frugal for some time, till I have paid what I owe. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. – Aristotle.

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. – Aristotle.

It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. – Aristotle.

It is possible to fail in many ways, while to succeed is possible only in one way. For men are good in but one way, but bad in many. – Aristotle.

It is right to give every man his due. - Plato.

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. – Aristotle.

It is the doing or not doing all the good that lies in our power that will render us the heirs of happiness or misery. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is the man and woman united that make the complete human being. Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her softness, sensibility and acute discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the world. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle.

It is true there is much to be done, and perhaps you are weak handed, but stick to it steadily, and you will see great effects. - Benjamin Franklin.

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. – Aristotle.

It is…unreasonable in any one man or set of men to expect to be pleased with every thing that is printed. - Benjamin Franklin.

It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals; they seem so absurd and impractical. – Anne Frank.

It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others. – Aristotle.

I've been reading a lot and doing little work. That's the way things ought to be. That's surely the road to success. – Anne Frank.

I would fain grow old learning many things. - Plato.

Share this page:
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Get In Touch

Have a question, query or need clarification...

Contact Us

Monthly Newsletter

Keep up to date, hear about unique items and have gentle reminders on being "The Complete Gentleman."

Sign up here:

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you The Complete Gentleman.

Don't Miss A Post

Keep up to date via RSS or another web-based reader:

[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Add to My MSN
  • Subscribe with Bloglines