"The example of Alexander's chastity has not made so many continent as that is his drunkenness has made intemperate. It is not shameful not to be as virtuous as he, and it seems excusable to be no more vicious."
"But tell me: how did gold get to be the highest value? Because it is uncommon and useless and gleaming and gentle in its brilliance; it always gives itself. Only as an image of the highest virtue did gold get to be the highest value. The giver's glance gleams like gold. A golden brilliance concludes peace between the moon and the sun. Uncommon is the highest virtue and useless, it is gleaming and gentle in its brilliance: a gift- giving virtue is the highest virtue."
"What? You have chosen virtue and the uplifted bosom, and yet you leer at the advantages of the unscrupulous? But virtue involves renouncing "advantages" ... (to be nailed on an anti- Semite's door)."
"Murderous desire, hatred, distrust are nowadays the accompanying signs of physical illness: so thoroughly have we embodied our moral prejudices.--Perhaps cowardice and pity appear as symptoms of illness in savage ages. Perhaps even virtues might be symptoms."
"It is a very common error of some unscrupulously infidel-minded, selfish, unprincipled, or downright knavish men, to suppose that believing men, or benevolent-hearted men, or good men, do not know enough to be unscrupulously selfish, do not know enough to be unscrupulous knaves."
"What man who carries a heavenly soul in him, has not groaned to perceive, that unless he committed a sort of suicide as to the practical things of this world, he never can hope to regulate his earthly conduct by that same heavenly soul?"