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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
"Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit."
"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."
"Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness."
"Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life."
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law."
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
"Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."
"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
"Wit is educated insolence."
"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."
"The gods too are fond of a joke."
"What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do."
"If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost."
"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead."
"Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies."
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
"Liars when they speak the truth are not believed."
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