It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
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.
He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger.
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
The good lawgiver should inquire how states and races of men and communities may participate in a good life, and in the happiness which is attainable by them.
In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake.
Bad men are full of repentance. Aristotl
A period may be defined as a portion of speech that has in itself a beginning and an end, being at the same time not too big to be taken in at a glance
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
Imagination is a sort of faint perception.
For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself.
...happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves.... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is n
Authority is no source for Truth.
Law is order, and good law is good order.
Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it.
95% of everything you do is the result of habit.
The high-minded man is fond of conferring benefits, but it shames him to receive them.
A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself.
A friend of everyone is a friend of no one
Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up
A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble.
Melancholy men of all others are most witty, which causeth many times a divine ravishment, and a kinde of Enthusiasmus, which stirreth them up to bee excellent Philosophers, Poets, Prophets, etc.
Business or toil is merely utilitarian. It is necessary but does not enrich or ennoble a human life.
A human being is a naturally political [animal].
The law does not expressly permit suicide, and what it does not permit it forbids.
One swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day.