In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face.
As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.
It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend.
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.
I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be.
Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.
Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly.
When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little.
The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.