Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. Aristotl
By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Our actions determine our dispositions.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristo
Philosophy begins with wonder.
Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.
There is no such thing as committing adultery with the right woman, at the right time, and in the right way, for it is simply WRONG.
The true nature of a thing is the highest it can become.
There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous.
For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history.
The precepts of the law may be comprehended under these three points: to live honestly, to hurt no man willfully, and to render every man his due carefully.
And this lies in the nature of things: What people are potentially is revealed in actuality by what they produce.
We assume therefore that moral virtue is the quality of acting in the best way in relation to pleasures and pains, and that vice is the opposite.
There are still two forms besides democracy and oligarchy; one of them is universally recognized and included among the four principal forms of government, which are said to be (1) monarchy, (2) oligarchy, (3) democracy, and (4) the so-called aristocracy or government of the best. But there is also
The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool.
The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances.
But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul.
There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions--that is, to name them and describe them,
With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.
Art takes nature as its model.
All men, or most men, wish what is noble but choose what is profitable; and while it is noble to render a service not with an eye to receiving one in return, it is profitable to receive one. One ought therefore, if one can, to return the equivalent of services received, and to do so willingly; for o
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
Peace is more difficult than war.
To perceive is to suffer.
Of cases where a man is truthful both in speech and conduct when no considerations of honesty come in, from an habitual sincerity of disposition. Such sincerity may be esteemed a moral excellence; for the lover of truth, who is truthful even when nothing depends on it, will a fortiori be truthful wh
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
One swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day.
Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole.
The greatest thing in style is to have a command of metaphor.