Aristotle suggests that the rotating Earth was a generally accepted tenet of Pythagorism: "While most of those who hold that the whole heaven is finite say that the earth lies at the center, the philosophers of Italy, the so-called Pythagoreans, assert the contrary. They say that in the middle there
There is no genius who hasn't a touch of insanity.
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.
Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends.
Money originated with royalty and slavery, it has nothing to do with democracy or the struggle of the empoverished enslaved majority.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue.
For through wondering human beings now and in the beginning have been led to philosophizing.
Greed has no boundaries
No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.
All men, or most men, wish what is noble but choose what is profitable; and while it is noble to render a service not with an eye to receiving one in return, it is profitable to receive one. One ought therefore, if one can, to return the equivalent of services received, and to do so willingly; for o
Again, the male is by nature superior, and the female inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled; this principle, of necessity, extends to all mankind.
So we must lay it down that the association which is a state exists not for the purpose of living together but for the sake of noble actions. Those who contribute most to this kind of association are for that very reason entitled to a larger share in the state than those who, though they may be equa
We become just by the practice of just actions.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.
In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
Pleasure causes us to do base actions and pain causes us to abstain from doing noble actions.
Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative
Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers.
Evils draw men together.
Now what is just and right is to be interpreted in the sense of 'what is equal'; and that which is right in the sense of being equal is to be considered with reference to the advantage of the state, and the common good of the citizens. And a citizen is one who shares in governing and being governed.
The virtue as the art consecrates itself constantly to what's difficult to do, and the harder the task, the shinier the success.
Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well.
To die, and thus avoid poverty or love, or anything painful, is not the part of a brave man, but rather of a coward; for it is cowardice to avoid trouble, and the suicide does not undergo death because it is honorable, but in order to avoid evil.
This world is inescapably linked to the motions of the worlds above. All power in this world is ruled by these options.
All are agreed that the various moral qualities are in a sense bestowed by nature: we are just, and capable of temperance, and brave, and possessed of the other virtues from the moment of our birth. But nevertheless we expect to find that true goodness is something different, and that the virtues in
The ultimate end...is not knowledge, but action. To be half right on time may be more important than to obtain the whole truth too late.
Friendship is communion.
Beauty is the gift of God