There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies against despots suspicion.
You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.
There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases it is the easiest thing of all to deceive ones self.
The easiest thing of all is to deceive one's self for what a man wishes he generally believes to be true.
What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.
As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
Every dictator is an enemy of freedom, an opponent of law
We have mistresses for pleasure, concubines to care for our daily bodys needs and wives to bear us legitimate children and to be faithful guardians of our households.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master
The best protection for the people is not necessarily to believe everything people tell them
Was man wünscht, das glaubt auch jeder.
I'll betide thee, say I, and may the Gods, or at least the Athenians, confound thee for a vile citizen and a vile third-rate actor! Read the evidence.
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.
No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.
To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.
No man can tell what the future may bring forth, and small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
The man who has received a benefit ought always to remember it, but he who has granted it ought to forget the fact at once.
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.