The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
That which is excellent endures.
For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one's strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases and preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues. This much then, is clear: in all
The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.
Men create the gods after their own images.
Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
In the first place, then, men should guard against the beginning of change, and in the second place they should not rely upon the political devices of which I have already spoken invented only to deceive the people, for they are proved by experience to be useless.
Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know.
Demonstration is also something necessary, because a demonstration cannot go otherwise than it does, ... And the cause of this lies with the primary premises/principles.
For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.
Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources.
The Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction.
A man is the origin of his action.
Happiness is the utilization of one's talents along lines of excellence.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotl
[Prudence] is the virtue of that part of the intellect [the calculative] to which it belongs; and . . . our choice of actions will not be right without Prudence any more than without Moral Virtue, since, while Moral Virtue enables us to achieve the end, Prudence makes us adopt the right means to the
For the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater. .
That in the soul which is called mind (by mind I mean that whereby the soul thinks and judges) is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. For this reason it cannot reasonably be regarded as blended with the body
Suppose, then, that all men were sick or deranged, save one or two of them who were healthy and of right mind. It would then be the latter two who would be thought to be sick and deranged and the former not!
In the human species at all events there is a great diversity of pleasures. The same things delight some men and annoy others, and things painful and disgusting to some are pleasant and attractive to others.
Even if we could suppose the citizen body to be virtuous, without each of them being so, yet the latter would be better, for in the virtue of each the virtue of all is involved.
In inventing a model we may assume what we wish, but should avoid impossibilities.
The error of Socrates must be attributed to the false notion of unity from which he starts. Unity there should be, both of the family and of the state, but in some respects only. For there is a point at which a state may attain such a degree of unity as to be no longer a state, or at which, without
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
It [Justice] is complete virtue in the fullest sense, because it is the active exercise of complete virtue; and it is complete because its possessor can exercise it in relation to another person, and not only by himself.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity.
It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.