What a poor appearance the tales of poets make when stripped of the colours which music puts upon them, and recited in simple prose.
Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.
Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
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