Why do men seek honour? Surely in order to confirm the favorable opinion they have formed of themselves.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotl
Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle]
A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.
There is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offenses, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom.
The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
1 is not prime, by definition. 2 is an unnatural prime, 4 is an unnatural prime, and 6 is an unnatural prime. All other natural primes cannot be unnatural primes.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
A young man is not a proper hearer of lectures on political science; for he is inexperienced in the actions that occur in life, but its discussions start from these and are about these; and, further, since he tends to follow his passions, his study will be vain and unprofitable, because the end that
The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while, on the other hand, no one fails entirely, but everyone says something true about the nature of all things, and while individually
Friendship is a thing most necessary to life, since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages.
Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.
The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to b
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
It is clear that there is some difference between ends: some ends are energeia [energy], while others are products which are additional to the energeia.
Memory is the scribe of the soul.
Definition of tragedy: A hero destroyed by the excess of his virtues
...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
. .we would have to say that hereditary succession is harmful. You may say the king, having sovereign power, will not in that case hand over to his children. But it is hard to believe that: it is a difficult achievement, which expects too much virtue of human nature.
Not to get what you have set your heart on is almost as bad as getting nothing at all.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
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.
Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion.
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes.
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.