Walked right by an ex-girlfriend today. Not on purpose, I just didn't recognize her with her mouth closed.
The high-minded man is fond of conferring benefits, but it shames him to receive them.
When we look at the matter from another point of view, great caution would seem to be required. For the habit of lightly changing the laws is an evil, and, when the advantage is small, some errors both of lawgivers and rulers had better be left; the citizen will not gain so much by making the change
There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art.
What is the highest good in all matters of action? To the name, there is almost complete agreement; for uneducated and educated alike call it happiness, and make happiness identical with the good life and successful living. They disagree, however, about the meaning of happiness.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
All men seek one goal: success or happiness.
Therefore the good man ought to be a lover of self, since he will then both benefit himself by acting nobly and aid his fellows; but the bad man ought not to be a lover of self, since he will follow his base passions, and so injure both himself and his neighbors. With the bad man therefore, what he
Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled ; and by doing brave acts, we become
A friend is a second self.
I call that law universal, which is conformable merely to dictates of nature; for there does exist naturally an universal sense of right and wrong, which, in a certain degree, all intuitively divine, even should no intercourse with each other, nor any compact have existed.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Arist
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.
Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.
Philosophy can make people sick.
To let them share in the highest offices is to take a risk; inevitably, their unjust standards will cause them to commit injustice, and their lack of judgement will lead them into error. On the other hand there is a risk in not giving them a share, and in their non participation, for when there are
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Speeches are like babies-easy to conceive but hard to deliver.
For imitation is natural to man from his infancy. Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in it is universal.
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
When we deliberate it is about means and not ends.
All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; thereâ€™s too much corruption in the world
Since the whole city has one end, it is manifest that education should be one and the same for all, and that it should be public, and not private - not as at present, when every one looks after his own children separately, and gives them separate instruction of the sort which he thinks best; the tra
It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to b
Greed has no boundaries
Everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it.
Bad people...are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good.