Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Life in accordance with intellect is best and pleasantest, since this, more than anything else, constitutes humanity.
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
Wit is educated insolence.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
Thus we must advance from generalities to particulars; for it is a whole that is best known to sense-perception, (25) and a generality is a kind of whole, comprehending many things within it, like parts.