A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed of an inability to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of an inability to defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.
The government is everywhere sovereign in the state, and the constitution is in fact the government.
And if a man believes nothing, but believes it equally so and not so, how would his state be different from a vegetable's?
We laugh at inferior or ugly individuals, because we feel a joy at feeling superior to them.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
I say that habit's but a long practice, friend, and this becomes men's nature in the end.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.