All men by nature desire knowledge.
It is the active exercise of our faculties in conformity with virtue that causes happiness, and the opposite activities its opposite.
Now the soul of man is divided into two parts, one of which has a rational principle in itself, and the other, not having a rational principle in itself, is able to obey such a principle. And we call a man in any way good because he has the virtues of these two parts.
If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary.
A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.
If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life. Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
We ought not to listen to those who exhort us, because we are human, to think of human things....We ought rather to take on immortality as much as possible, and do all that we can to live in accordance with the highest element within us; for even if its bulk is small, in its power and value it far e
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Arist
A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself.
Purpose is a desire for something in our own power, coupled with an investigation into its means.
Pleasure causes us to do base actions and pain causes us to abstain from doing noble actions.
No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger.
Moral virtue is a mean . . . between two vices, one of excess and the other of defect; . . . it is such a mean because it aims at hitting the middle point in feelings and in actions. This is why it is a hard task to be good, for it is hard to find the middle point in anything.
There are branches of learning and education which we must study merely with a view to leisure spent in intellectual activity, and these are to be valued for their own sake; whereas those kinds of knowledge which are useful in business are to be deemed necessary, and exist for the sake of other thin
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.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Arist
Life cannot be lived, and understood, simultaneously.
The soul is the cause or source of the living body. The terms cause and source have many senses. But the soul is the cause of its body alike in all three senses which we explicitly recognize. It is (a) the source or origin of movement, it is (b) the end, it is (c) the essence of the whole living bod
For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
The avarice of mankind is insatiable; at one time two obols was pay enough; but now, when this sum has become customary, men always want more and more without end.
Music imitates (represents) the passions or states of the soul, such as gentleness, anger, courage, temperance, and their opposites.
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
For that which has become habitual, becomes as it were natural.