Desire is the very essence of man.
So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long as he is determined not to do it; and consequently so long as it is impossible to him that he should do it.
Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Self-complacency is pleasure accompanied by the idea of oneself as cause.
True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.
Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words.
None are more taken in by flattery than the proud, who wish to be the first and are not.
One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.
Blessedness is not the reward of virtue but virtue itself.
I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
For peace is not mere absence of war, but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Desire is the essence of a man.