..(T)here are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may
As a Christian I take it for granted that human history will some day end; and I am offering Omniscience no advice as to the best date for that consummation.
There is one bit of advice given us by the ancient Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money at interest; and lending money at interest -
[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less wor
But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that is going to be Human and isnâ€™t yet, or used to be Human once and isnâ€™t now, or ought to be Human and isnâ€™t, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.
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
These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine ACTIONS than in the non-performance of base ones.
There are two distinctive peculiarities by reference to which we characterize the soul (1) local movement and (2) thinking, discriminating, and perceiving. Thinking both speculative and practical is regarded as akin to a form of perceiving; for in the one as well as the other the soul discriminates
Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.
Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form should lie.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
Happiness is the reward of virtue.
Equality is of two kinds, numerical and proportional; by the first I mean sameness of equality in number or size; by the second, equality of ratios.
Well begun is half done.
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
Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.
The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts.
Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
The wise man knows of all things, as far as possible, although he has no knowledge of each of them in detail