1. Virtue always and everywhere hinges on two conditions: defining ends correctly and finding the appropriate means that lead to an end.
2. You have to joke to do serious things.
3. Living is about doing things, not acquiring them.
4. No great mind ever existed without a touch of madness.
5. The beginning seems to be more than half of the whole.
6. Understanding begins with astonishment.
7. Everyone who has reflected on the art of managing people is convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of young people.
8. All flatterers are sycophants.
9. Those who disregard honor won’t value everything else.
10. It is better to fight among a few good people against a bad majority than fight among the bad majority against a few good people.