Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
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.
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Character is long-standing habit.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
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.
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
Neither blame or praise yourself.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.