Definition of tragedy: A hero destroyed by the excess of his virtues
The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool.
We are what we continually do...
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably.... For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts.
The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
Virtue also depends on ourselves. And so also does vice. For where we are free to act we are also free to refrain from acting, and where we are able to say No we are also able to say Yes; if therefore we are responsible for doing a thing when to do it right, we are also responsible for not doing it
For those who possess and can wield arms are in a position to decide whether the constitution is to continue or not
We are what we repeatedly do... excellence, therefore, isn't just an act, but a habit and life isn't just a series of events, but an ongoing process of self-definition.
He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
A vivid image compels the whole body to follow.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
The physician heals, Nature makes well.
No one praises happiness as one praises justice, but we call it a 'blessing,' deeming it something higher and more divine than things we praise.
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
The complete man must work, study and wrestle.
The fool tells me his reason; the wise man persuades me with my own.
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
He who cannot see the truth for himself, nor, hearing it from others, store it away in his mind, that man is utterly worthless.
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
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotl
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.
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.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle 1
That in the soul which is called mind (by mind I mean that whereby the soul thinks and judges) is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. For this reason it cannot reasonably be regarded as blended with the body
Character is determined by choice, not opinion.
All three states - the Lacedaemonian, the Cretan, and the Carthaginian - nearly resemble one another, and are very different from any others. Many of the Carthaginian institutions are excellent. The superiority of their constitution is proved by the fact that the common people remains loyal to the c