Of actions some aim at what is necessary and useful, and some at what is honorable. And the preference given to one or the other class of actions must necessarily be like the preference given to one or other part of the soul and its actions over the other; there must be war for the sake of peace, bu
The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances.
When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god...
While the faculty of sensation is dependent upon the body, mind is separable from it
Wit is educated insolence.
Where it is in our power to act, it is also in our power to not act.
Just as a royal rule, if not a mere name, must exist by virtue of some great personal superiority in the king, so tyranny, which is the worst of governments, is necessarily the farthest removed from a well-constituted form; oligarchy is little better, for it is a long way from aristocracy, and democ
The bad man is continually at war with, and in opposition to, himself.
Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him.
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.
In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government.
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. .
Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter.
It is easier to get one or a few of good sense, and of ability to legislate and adjudge, than to get many.
A speaker who is attempting to move people to thought or action must concern himself with Pathos.
Man by nature wants to know.
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
A promise made must be a promise kept.
It is clear that the earth does not move, and that it does not lie elsewhere than at the center.
In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature.
This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended.
For example, justice is considered to mean equality, It does mean equality- but equality for those who are equal, and not for all.
Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man.
While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations.
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Arist