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.
An enemy can partly ruin a man, but it takes a good-natured injudicious friend to complete the thing and make it perfect.
Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Mean! Rare have they long been among the people, who could practice it!
Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration: this may be called perfect virtue.