Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Men pay most attention to what is their own: they care less for what is common; or, at any rate, they care for it only to the extent to which each is individually concerned.
Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn.
Now property is part of a household, and the acquisition of property part of household-management; for neither life itself nor the good life is possible without a certain minimum supply of the necessities.
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Evil brings men together.
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.
But since there is but one aim for the entire state, it follows that education must be one and the same for all, and that the responsibility for it must be a public one, not the private affair which it now is, each man looking after his own children and teaching them privately whatever private curriculum he thinks they ought to study.
Love is the cause of unity in all things.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
He who hath many friends hath none.
To love someone is to identify with them.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.