The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole.
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul.
Any change of government which has to be introduced should be one which men, starting from their existing constitutions, will be both willing and able to adopt, since there is quite as much trouble in the reformation of an old constitution as in the establishment of a new one, just as to unlearn is
And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Arist
Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be.
For the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable.
If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development
We cannot learn without pain
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.
There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions--that is, to name them and describe them,
Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . .
Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.
It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue.
We can't learn without pain.
A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity.
Even that some people try deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
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.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Arist
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
While fiction is often impossible, it should not be implausible.
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Temperance and bravery, then, are ruined by excess and deficiency, but preserved by the mean.