Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.