Through discipline comes freedom.
When we look at the matter from another point of view, great caution would seem to be required. For the habit of lightly changing the laws is an evil, and, when the advantage is small, some errors both of lawgivers and rulers had better be left; the citizen will not gain so much by making the change
Happiness depends on ourselves.
All are agreed that the various moral qualities are in a sense bestowed by nature: we are just, and capable of temperance, and brave, and possessed of the other virtues from the moment of our birth. But nevertheless we expect to find that true goodness is something different, and that the virtues in
For through wondering human beings now and in the beginning have been led to philosophizing.
Happiness is the utilization of one's talents along lines of excellence.
We are what we repeatedly do.
But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.
Now if there is any gift of the gods to men, it is reasonable that happiness should be god-given, and most surely god-given of all human things inasmuch as it is the best. But this question would perhaps be more appropriate to another inquiry; happiness seems, however, even if it is not god-sent but
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
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.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotl
The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure
The principle aim of gymnastics is the education of all youth and not simply that minority of people highly favored by nature.
The shape of the heaven is of necessity spherical; for that is the shape most appropriate to its substance and also by nature primary.
Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.
The soul never thinks without a picture.
There are three qualifications required in those who have to fill the highest offices, - (1) first of all, loyalty to the established constitution; (2) the greatest administrative capacity; (3) virtue and justice of the kind proper to each form of government.
There is nothing grand or noble in having the use of a slave, in so far as he is a slave; or in issuing commands about necessary things. But it is an error to suppose that every sort of rule is despotic like that of a master over slaves, for there is as great a difference between the rule over freem
The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one or of the few, or of the many, are perversions. For the members of a state, if t
This world is inescapably linked to the motions of the worlds above. All power in this world is ruled by these options.
Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one.
Our youth should also be educated with music and physical education.
Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Arist
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 knowledge of the soul admittedly contributes greatly to the advance of truth in general, and, above all, to our understanding of Nature, for the soul is in some sense the principle of animal life.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
A friend of everyone is a friend of no one