- Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
- The Unseasonable man is one who will go up to a busy person, and open his heart to him. He will serenade his mistress when she has a fever. He will address himself to a man who has been cast in a surety-suit, and request him to become his security. He will come to give evidence when the trial is over.
- Superstition would seem to be simply cowardice in regard to the supernatural.
- Characters ch. 28 (16); translation from R. C. Jebb and J. E. Sandys (trans.) The Characters of Theophrastus (London: Macmillan, 1909) p. 139.
- If you are an ignorant man, you are acting wisely; but if you have had any education, you are behaving like a fool.
- Remember that life holds out many pleasing deceits to us by the vanity of glory; for that when we are beginning to live, then we are dying. There is, therefore, nothing more profitless than ambition.
- Quoted by Diogenes Laërtius; translation from C. D. Yonge (trans.) The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (London: H. G. Bohn, 1853) p. 196.
- His dying words.