Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends.
A vivid image compels the whole body to follow.
But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction.
As the pleasures of the body are the ones which we most often meet with, and as all men are capable of these, these have usurped the family title; and some men think these are the only pleasures that exist, because they are the only ones which they know.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Arist
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.
The avarice of mankind is insatiable; at one time two obols was pay enough; but now, when this sum has become customary, men always want more and more without end.
That which most contributes to the permanence of constitutions is the adaptation of education to the form of government, and yet in our own day this principle is universally neglected. The best laws, though sanctioned by every citizen of the state, will be of no avail unless the young are trained by
The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest.
The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Arist
Education and morals will be found almost the whole that goes to make a good man.
The brave man, if he be compared with the coward, seems foolhardy; and, if with the foolhardy man, seems a coward.
Evil draws men together.
Some believe it to be just friends wanting, as if to be healthy enough to wish health.
For nature by the same cause, provided it remain in the same condition, always produces the same effect, so that either coming-to-be or passing-away will always result.
Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honour than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life.
Men agree that justice in the abstract is proportion, but they differ in that some think that if they are equal in any respect they are equal absolutely, others that if they are unequal in any respect they should be unequal in all. The only stable principle of government is equality according to pro
Once more: there are three offices according to whose directions the highest magistrates are chosen in certain states - guardians of the law, probuli, councilors - of these, the guardians of the law are an aristocratical, the probuli an oligarchical, the council a democratical institution.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotl
The purpose of art is to represent the meaning of things. This represents the true reality, not external aspects.
Music imitates (represents) the passions or states of the soul, such as gentleness, anger, courage, temperance, and their opposites.
For we do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary conditions or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its simplest elements.
Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.
We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
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.
The attainment of truth is then the function of both the intellectual parts of the soul. Therefore their respective virtues are those dispositions which will best qualify them to attain truth.
The most beautiful colors laid on at random, give less pleasure than a black-and-white drawing.
In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength.
The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.