Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . .
With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.
Criticism is something we can avoid easilyby saying nothing, doing nothing,and being nothing.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Arist
There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art.
Change in all things is sweet.
Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving.
Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.
In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in 'Timaeus' is different from what he says in his so-called 'unwritten teachings.'
All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.
We cannot learn without pain
Just as at the Olympic games it is not the handsomest or strongest men who are crowned with victory but the successful competitors, so in life it is those who act rightly who carry off all the prizes and rewards.
Worthless persons appointed to have supreme control of weighty affairs do a lot of damage.
Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul...when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued withthe same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form.
Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily.
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs, one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends [mathematics] has been able to arise in Egypt, the priestly caste there having the leisure necessary for disinterested research.
No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil.
The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy.
Life in the true sense is perceiving or thinking.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
To leave the number of births unrestricted, as is done in most states, inevitably causes poverty among the citizens, and poverty produces crime and faction.
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
Special care should be taken of the health of the inhabitants, which will depend chiefly on the healthiness of the locality and of the quarter to which they are exposed, and secondly on the use of pure water; this latter point is by no means a secondary consideration. For the elements which we use t
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Arist
Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort
But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction.