There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Aristotl
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
A friend is another I.
Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Every formed disposition of the soul realizes its full nature in relation to and dealing with that class of objects by which it is its nature to be corrupted or improved.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Some things the legislator must find ready to his hand in a state, others he must provide. And therefore we can only say: May our state be constituted in such a manner as to be blessed with the goods of which fortune disposes (for we acknowledge her power): whereas virtue and goodness in the state a
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
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
Persuasion is effected through the medium of the hearers, when they shall have been brought to a state of excitement under the influence of speech; for we do not, when influenced by pain or joy, or partiality or dislike, award our decisions in the same way; about which means of persuasion alone, I d
Nature does nothing in vain. Arist
The good citizen need not of necessity possess the virtue which makes a good man.
We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Arist
The End is included among goods of the soul, and not among external goods.
Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure.
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.
Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion.
Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher
The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law.
Law is mind without reason.
The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotl
Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Arist