Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a
Nature does nothing uselessly.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotl
Now, the causes being four, it is the business of the student of nature to know about them all, and if he refers his problems back to all of them, he will assign the "why" in the way proper to his science-the matter, the form, the mover, that for the sake of which.
Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean. Indeed the very names of some directly imply evil, for instance malice, shamelessness, envy, and, of actions, adultery, theft, murder. All these and similar actions and feelings are blamed as being bad in themselves; it is n
A friend is simply one soul in two bodies.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotl
For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant.
People generally despise where they flatter.
The shape of the heaven is of necessity spherical; for that is the shape most appropriate to its substance and also by nature primary.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
For the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable.
The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god...
Laughter is a bodily exercise, precious to Health
The vigorous are no better than the lazy during one half of life, for all men are alike when asleep.
Well begun is half done.
When you are lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war
Man by nature wants to know.
The citizens begin by giving up some part of the constitution, and so with greater ease the government change something else which is a little more important, until they have undermined the whole fabric of the state.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Arist
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
So it is clear that the search for what is just is a search for the mean; for the law is the mean.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
Whether we will philosophize or we won't philosophize, we must philosophize.
It makes no difference whether a good man has defrauded a bad man, or a bad man defrauded a good man, or whether a good or bad man has committed adultery: the law can look only to the amount of damage done.
Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn.
But since there is but one aim for the entire state, it follows that education must be one and the same for all, and that the responsibility for it must be a public one, not the private affair which it now is, each man looking after his own children and teaching them privately whatever private curri
The things best to know are first principles and causes, but these things are perhaps the most difficult for men to grasp, for they are farthest removed from the senses ...