Excellent things are rare.
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.
Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better method than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastics for the body and music for the mind.
Knowledge is the food of the soul.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
He was a wise man who invented beer.