Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
To amuse oneself in order that one may exert oneself, as Anacharsis puts it, seems right; for amusement is a sort of relaxation, and we need relaxation because we cannot work continuously.
Bad men are full of repentance.
Different men seek after happiness indifferent ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
Men were first led to the study of philosophy, as indeed they are today, by wonder.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.