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.
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- All learning has an emotional base.
- Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
- Pleasure is the greatest incentive to evil.
- Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
- All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
- I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.