Irrational passions would seem to be as much a part of human nature as is reason.
Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse. ... All human happiness and misery take the form of action.
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
Worms are the intestines of the earth.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Arist
You should never think without an image.
Of actions some aim at what is necessary and useful, and some at what is honorable. And the preference given to one or the other class of actions must necessarily be like the preference given to one or other part of the soul and its actions over the other; there must be war for the sake of peace, bu
[Meanness] is more ingrained in man's nature than Prodigality; the mass of mankind are avaricious rather than open-handed.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form should lie.
What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.
No one chooses what does not rest with himself, but only what he thinks can be attained by his own act.
Men are good in but one way, but bad in many.
When their adventures do not succeed, however, they run away; but it was the mark of a brave man to face things that are, and seem, terrible for a man, because it is noble to do so and disgraceful not to do so.
The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
For imitation is natural to man from his infancy. Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in it is universal.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
In everything, it is no easy task to find the middle.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotl
Try is a noisy way of doing nothing.
Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Arist
For even they who compose treatises of medicine or natural philosophy in verse are denominated Poets: yet Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common except their metre; the former, therefore, justly merits the name of the Poet; while the other should rather be called a Physiologist than a Poet.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Arist
But the virtues we get by first exercising them, as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g. men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temper
. . . Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
Nature, as we say, does nothing without some purpose; and for thepurpose of making mana political animal she has endowed him alone among the animals with the power of reasoned speech.
Law is order, and good law is good order.
Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.