Being a father is the most rewarding thing a man whose career has plateaued can do.
If then nature makes nothing without some end in view, nothing to no purpose, it must be that nature has made all of them for the sake of man.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
...The entire preoccupation of the physicist is with things that contain within themselves a principle of movement and rest.
Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding.
It would then be most admirably adapted to the purposes of justice, if laws properly enacted were, as far as circumstances admitted, of themselves to mark out all cases, and to abandon as few as possible to the discretion of the judge.
Think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
The goodness or badness, justice or injustice, of laws varies of necessity with the constitution of states. This, however, is clear, that the laws must be adapted to the constitutions. But if so, true forms of government will of necessity have just laws, and perverted forms of government will have u
Education and morals will be found almost the whole that goes to make a good man.
Happiness is a quality of the soul...not a function of one's material circumstances.
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.
The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth.
One kind of justice is that which is manifested in distributions of honour or money or the other things that fall to be divided among those who have a share in the constitution ... and another kind is that which plays a rectifying part in transactions.
Long-lived persons have one or two lines which extend through the whole hand; short-lived persons have two lines not extending through the whole hand.
Comedy has had no history, because it was not at first treated seriously.
... the friendship of worthless people has a bad effect (because they take part, unstable as they are, in worthless pursuits, and actually become bad through each other's influence). But the friendship of the good is good, and increases in goodness because of their association. They seem even to bec
If, then, there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake (everything else being desired for the sake of this), and if we do not choose everything for the sake of something else (for at that rate the process would go on to infinity, so that our desire would be empty and vain)
If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it... then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
Prudence as well as Moral Virtue determines the complete performance of a man's proper function: Virtue ensures the rightness of the end we aim at, Prudence ensures the rightness of the means we adopt to gain that end.
There is no such thing as committing adultery with the right woman, at the right time, and in the right way, for it is simply WRONG.
Gentleness is the ability to bear reproaches and slights with moderation, and not to embark on revenge quickly, and not to be easily provoked to anger, but be free from bitterness and contentiousness, having tranquility and stability in the spirit.
Friendship is a thing most necessary to life, since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages.
One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one, which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed.
Any change of government which has to be introduced should be one which men, starting from their existing constitutions, will be both willing and able to adopt, since there is quite as much trouble in the reformation of an old constitution as in the establishment of a new one, just as to unlearn is
To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity.
Every man should be responsible to others, nor should anyone be allowed to do just as he pleases; for where absolute freedom is allowed there is nothing to restrain the evil which is inherent in every man. But the principle of responsibility secures that which is the greatest good in states; the rig
For through wondering human beings now and in the beginning have been led to philosophizing.