- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract, Chapter VII: "Let us draw up the whole account in terms easily commensurable. What man loses by..."
- Niccolò Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy, Book III, Chapter XXX – It is Necessary for a Citizen Who Proposes to Use his Authority to do any Good Work in a Republic First to Extinguish All Envy: "... as long as such men see that your reputation is greater than theirs, they..."
- Niccolò Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy, Book II, Chapter XXX — That really powerful Princes and, Commonwealths do not buy Friendships with Money: "It will be seen therefore, both from this discussion and from what we have said..."
- John Taylor of Caroline, Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States, From Chapter II (on debt): "This catastrophe has already arrived in Britain. Swindled out of endless wealth, by the vauntings..."
- Hart Crane, The Bridge, Introduction: "We may confidently say that this message of The Bridge will be more comprehensible in..."
- Vitruvius, De Architectura, Book IX, Introduction, Paragraph 2: "What does it signify to mankind that Milo of Croton and other victors of his..."
- Horace, Odes, Book II, Ode 15: “Iam Pauca Aratro”: "Now regal villas will leave few acres for ploughing; on all sides ornamental ponds will..."
- John Adams, Correspondence with Abigail Adams, Philadelphia, 29 October, 1775: "Human nature, with all its infirmities and deprivation, is still capable of great things. It..."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract, Section 132: "Usurpers always bring about or choose disjointed times, in order to pass, under the cover..."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Social Contract, Section 136: "I have already said what civil liberty is; with regard to equality, it is necessary..."
Social philosophy is the study of questions about social behavior and interpretations of society and social institutions in terms of ethical values rather than empirical relations. Social philosophers emphasize the social contexts for political, legal, moral, and cultural questions.