The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference.
He who has conferred a benefit on anyone from motives of love or honor will feel pain, if he sees that the benefit is received without gratitude.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
For example, justice is considered to mean equality, It does mean equality- but equality for those who are equal, and not for all.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body.
It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Arist
Let us be well persuaded that everyone of us possesses happiness in proportion to his virtue and wisdom, and according as he acts in obedience to their suggestion.
Well begun is half done.
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.
Yet the true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme povery lowers the character of the democracy; measures therefore should be taken which will give them lasting prosperity; and as this is equally the interest of all classes, the proceeds of the public revenues should
Whereas happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it, the various qualities of men are clearly the reason why there are various kinds of states and many forms of government; for different men seek aft
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be.
He who hath many friends hath none.
The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.
Only you can take you to Funkytown.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
The first principle of all action is leisure.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation. These two, your talents and the needs of the world, are the great wake up calls to your true vocation in life... to ignore this, is in some sense, is to lose your soul.
The vigorous are no better than the lazy during one half of life, for all men are alike when asleep.
... 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
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Arist
Anaximenes and Anaxagoras and Democritus say that its [the earth's] flatness is responsible for it staying still: for it does not cut the air beneath but covers it like a lid, which flat bodies evidently do: for they are hard to move even for the winds, on account of their resistance.
There are still two forms besides democracy and oligarchy; one of them is universally recognized and included among the four principal forms of government, which are said to be (1) monarchy, (2) oligarchy, (3) democracy, and (4) the so-called aristocracy or government of the best. But there is also
The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them.
We maintain, and have said in the Ethics, if the arguments there adduced are of any value, that happiness is the realization and perfect exercise of virtue, and this not conditional, but absolute. And I used the term 'conditional' to express that which is indispensable, and 'absolute' to express tha