It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
The laws are, and ought to be, relative to the constitution, and not the constitution to the laws. A constitution is the organization of offices in a state, and determines what is to be the governing body, and what is the end of each community. But laws are not to be confounded with the principles o
A friend is a second self.
Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much.
What we expect, that we find.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
The vigorous are no better than the lazy during one half of life, for all men are alike when asleep.
A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably.... For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.
Error is multiform (for evil is a form of the unlimited, as in the old Pythagorean imagery, and good of the limited), whereas success is possible in one way only (which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed - easy to miss the target and difficult to hit it); so this is another reason wh
... the science we are after is not about mathematicals either none of them, you see, is separable.
The soul of animals is characterized by two faculties, (a) the faculty of discrimination which is the work of thought and sense, and (b) the faculty of originating local movement.
A thing chosen always as an end and never as a means we call absolutely final. Now happiness above all else appears to be absolutely final in this sense, since we always choose it for its own sake and never as a means to something else.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotl
Adoration is made out of a solitary soul occupying two bodies.
To be ignorant of motion is to be ignorant of nature
The line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive.
The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth.
That which is impossible and probable is better than that which is possible and improbable.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotl
The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.
Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.
If then it be possible that one contrary should exist, or be called into existence, the other contrary will also appear to be possible.
Without virtue it is difficult to bear gracefully the honors of fortune.
If then, as we say, good craftsmen look to the mean as they work, and if virtue, like nature, is more accurate and better than any form of art, it will follow that virtue has the quality of hitting the mean. I refer to moral virtue [not intellectual], for this is concerned with emotions and actions,
If the state cannot be entirely composed of good men, and yet each citizen is expected to do his own business well, and must therefore have virtue, still inasmuch as all the citizens cannot be alike, the virtue of the citizen and of the good man cannot coincide. All must have the virtue of the good