Quotes and aphorisms
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.
One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
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.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.