Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the work of such a Being as we define God to be.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes.
Some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute.
Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
The art of wealth-getting which consists in household management, on the one hand, has a limit; the unlimited acquisition of wealth is not its business. And therefore, in one point of view, all riches must have a limit; nevertheless, as a matter of fact, we find the opposite to be the case; for all
Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Suc
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,
In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature.
All art is concerned with coming into being.
Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.
But the virtues we get by first exercising them, as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g. men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temper
The purpose of art is to represent the meaning of things. This represents the true reality, not external aspects.
The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
Art is a higher type of knowledge than experience.
Hippodamus, son of Euryphon, a native of Miletus, invented the art of planning and laid out the street plan of Piraeus.
Excellence is not an art. It is the habit of practice.
The virtue as the art consecrates itself constantly to what's difficult to do, and the harder the task, the shinier the success.
With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
All art is concerned with coming into being; for it is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
At first he who invented any art that went beyond the common perceptions of man was naturally admired by men, not only because there was something useful in the inventions, but because he was thought wise and superior to the rest. But as more arts were invented, and some were directed to the necessi
Art takes nature as its model.