All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge.
In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature.
How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms
If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature.
There must be in prudence also some master virtue.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle]
One kind of justice is that which is manifested in distributions of honour or money or the other things that fall to be divided among those who have a share in the constitution ... and another kind is that which plays a rectifying part in transactions.
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction.
Wonder implies the desire to learn.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Arist
But then in what way are things called good? They do not seem to be like the things that only chance to have the same name. Are goods one then by being derived from one good or by all contributing to one good, or are they rather one by analogy? Certainly as sight is in the body, so is reason in the
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The best things are placed between extremes.
To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.
It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others.
The Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction.
But the whole vital process of the earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. Aristotl
There are three qualifications required in those who have to fill the highest offices, - (1) first of all, loyalty to the established constitution; (2) the greatest administrative capacity; (3) virtue and justice of the kind proper to each form of government.
For that which has become habitual, becomes as it were natural.
Through discipline comes freedom.
Take the case of just actions; just punishments and chastisements do indeed spring from a good principle, but they are good only because we cannot do without them - it would be better that neither individuals nor states should need anything of the sort - but actions which aim at honor and advantage
The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy.
Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.