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Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. – Aristotle.

The actuality of thought is life. – Aristotle.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. – Aristotle.

The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men. – Aristotle.

The artificial wants of mankind…become more numerous than the natural. - Benjamin Franklin.

The basis of a democratic state is liberty. – Aristotle.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. - Plato.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God…I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles. – Anne Frank.

The borrower is a slave to the lender, and the debtor to the creditor; disdain the chain, preserve your freedom; and maintain your independency: be industrious and free; be frugal and free. - Benjamin Franklin.

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. - Plato.

The coward calls the brave man rash; the rash man calls him a coward. – Aristotle.

The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. - Plato.

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. - Plato.

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. – Aristotle.

The end of labor is to gain leisure. – Aristotle.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. – Aristotle.

The eye of a master will do more work than both his hands. - Benjamin Franklin.

The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. - Plato.

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. - Plato.

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness. – Aristotle.

The gods' service is tolerable, man's intolerable. - Plato.

The gods too are fond of a joke. – Aristotle.

The good is the beautiful. - Plato.

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. – Aristotle.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little. - Plato.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. – Aristotle.

The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. - Plato.

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. – Aristotle.

The law is reason, free from passion. – Aristotle.

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. - Plato.

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold. – Aristotle.

The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else. – Aristotle.

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. - Plato.

The measure of a man is what he does with power. - Plato.

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. – Aristotle.

The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. - Plato.

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. – Aristotle.

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. - Plato.

Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. - Plato.

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. – Aristotle.

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. – Aristotle.

The opinions of men are almost as various as their faces. - Benjamin Franklin.

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. - Plato.

There are no gains, without pains. - Benjamin Franklin.

There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. - Plato.

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. - Plato.

There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again. – Anne Frank.

There is certainly scarce any part of a man’s life in which he appears more silly and ridiculous, than when he makes his first onset in courtship. - Benjamin Franklin.

There is no convenience without an inconvenience. - Benjamin Franklin.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. – Aristotle.

There is no harm in repeating a good thing. - Plato.

There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. - Plato.

There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. - Plato.

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. - Plato.

There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity. – Anne Frank.

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. - Plato.

There will be sleeping enough in the grave. - Benjamin Franklin.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle.

The second vice is lying; the first is running in debt. - Benjamin Franklin.

The secret to humor is surprise. – Aristotle.

The sleeping fox catches no poultry. - Benjamin Franklin.

The soul never thinks without a picture. – Aristotle.

The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines. - Plato.

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. – Aristotle.

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. – Aristotle.

The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever. – Anne Frank.

The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under! – Anne Frank.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. – Aristotle.

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. – Aristotle.

The wisest have the most authority. - Plato.

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. – Aristotle.

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. – Aristotle.

They certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. - Plato.

They should rule who are able to rule best. – Aristotle.

They that won’t be counseled can’t be helped. - Benjamin Franklin.

Thinking is sometimes injurious to health. – Aristotle.

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. - Plato.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. – Anne Frank.

Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty. - Benjamin Franklin.

This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. - Plato.

This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. – Anne Frank.

This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. – Aristotle.

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. – Aristotle.

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. – Aristotle.

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. – Aristotle.

Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery. – Anne Frank.

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. - Plato.

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. – Aristotle.

Time-enough, always proves little enough. - Benjamin Franklin.

Time heals all wounds. – Anne Frank.

To apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty. - Benjamin Franklin.

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. – Aristotle.

To endeavor to speak truth in every instance; to give nobody expectations that are not likely to be answered, but aim at sincerity in every word and action, the most amiable excellence in a rational being. - Benjamin Franklin.

To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. – Aristotle.

To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. - Plato.

To perceive is to suffer. – Aristotle.

To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. - Plato.

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill. – Aristotle.

To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. - Plato.

To use words and phrases in an easygoing manner without scrutinizing them too curiously is not in general a mark of ill-breeding. On the contrary, there is something low-bred in being too precise. But sometimes there is no help for it. - Plato.

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease. Many without labor would live by their wits only, but they break for want of stock. Whereas industry gives comfort, and plenty, and respect. - Benjamin Franklin.

Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. - Plato.

Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. - Plato.

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