It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.
Men pay most attention to what is their own: they care less for what is common; or, at any rate, they care for it only to the extent to which each is individually concerned.
Man's best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it.
Man by nature wants to know.
The end of labor is to gain leisure. Arist
We become brave by doing brave acts.
Property should be in a general sense common, but as a general rule private... In well-ordered states, although every man has his own property, some things he will place at the disposal of his friends, while of others he shares the use of them.
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
The virtue as the art consecrates itself constantly to what's difficult to do, and the harder the task, the shinier the success.
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
The laws are, and ought to be, relative to the constitution, and not the constitution to the laws. A constitution is the organization of offices in a state, and determines what is to be the governing body, and what is the end of each community. But laws are not to be confounded with the principles o
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.
In bad or corrupted natures the body will often appear to rule over the soul, because they are in an evil and unnatural condition. At all events we may firstly observe in living creatures both a despotical and a constitutional rule; for the soul rules the body with a despotical rule, whereas the int
Those who believe that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state.
Irrational passions would seem to be as much a part of human nature as is reason.
Since the whole city has one end, it is manifest that education should be one and the same for all, and that it should be public, and not private - not as at present, when every one looks after his own children separately, and gives them separate instruction of the sort which he thinks best; the tra
Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Arist
It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
A state of the soul is either (1) an emotion, (2) a capacity, or (3) a disposition; virtue therefore must be one of these three things.
The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore the principles of the power of perception and the souls ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart.
So the good has been well explained as that at which all things aim.
Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Suc
Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it; People become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarily, we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.
The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others.
Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune.
Nothing is what rocks dream about
The more you know, the more you know you don't know.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.