What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Happiness, then, is co-extensive with contemplation, and the more people contemplate, the happier they are; not incidentally, but in virtue of their contemplation, because it is in itself precious. Thus happiness is a form of contemplation.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Arist
The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
It is of itself that the divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking.
Now the greatest external good we should assume to be the thing which we offer as a tribute to the gods, and which is most coveted by men of high station, and is the prize awarded for the noblest deeds; and such a thing is honor, for honor is clearly the greatest of external goods.
All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Hope is a waking dream.
For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Patience s bitter, but it's fruit is sweet.
Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks ex
In the human species at all events there is a great diversity of pleasures. The same things delight some men and annoy others, and things painful and disgusting to some are pleasant and attractive to others.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to.
The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Excellence is not an art. It is the habit of practice.
It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good. But most people do not do these, but take refuge in theory and think they are being philosophers
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
There is always something new coming out of Africa.
It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.
Bad men are full of repentance. Arist
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway.
It has been handed down in mythical form from earliest times to posterity, that there are gods, and that the divine (Deity) compasses all nature. All beside this has been added, after the mythical style, for the purpose of persuading the multitude, and for the interests of the laws, and the advantag
The ensouled is distinguished from the unsouled by its being alive. Now since being alive is spoken of in many ways, even if only one of these is present, we say that the thing is alive, if, for instance, there is intellect or perception or spatial movement and rest or indeed movement connected with