To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward.
It is evident, then, that there is a sort of education in which parents should train their sons, not as being useful or necessary, but because it is liberal or noble.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Nor need it cause surprise that things disagreeable to the good man should seem pleasant to some men; for mankind is liable to many corruptions and diseases, and the things in question are not really pleasant, but only pleasant to these particular persons, who are in a condition to think them so.
There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
The senses are gateways to the intelligence. There is nothing in the intelligence which did not first pass through the senses.
No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotl
A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.
The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to
Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has.
The student of politics therefore as well as the psychologist must study the nature of the soul.
If then, as we say, good craftsmen look to the mean as they work, and if virtue, like nature, is more accurate and better than any form of art, it will follow that virtue has the quality of hitting the mean. I refer to moral virtue [not intellectual], for this is concerned with emotions and actions,
The virtues [moral excellence] therefore are engendered in us neither by nature nor yet in violation of nature; nature gives us the capacity to receive them, and this capacity is brought to maturity by habit.
Greatness of Soul seems therefore to be as it were a crowning ornament of the virtues; it enhances their greatness, and it cannot exist without them. Hence it is hard to be truly great-souled, for greatness of soul is impossible without moral nobility.
He who is by nature not his own but another's man is by nature a slave.
The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.
Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.
Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.
Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
If they do not share equally enjoyments and toils, those who labor much and get little will necessarily complain of those who labor little and receive or consume much. But indeed there is always a difficulty in men living together and having all human relations in common, but especially in their hav
The good man is he for whom, because he is virtuous, the things that are absolutely good are good; it is also plain that his use of these goods must be virtuous and in the absolute sense good.
It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.
Equity is that idea of justice which contravenes the written law.
Neither should we forget the mean, which at the present day is lost sight of in perverted forms of government; for many practices which appear to be democratical are the ruin of democracies, . . Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; th
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.