The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own.
Happiness is a certain activity of soul in conformity with perfect goodness
"I was not alone when I was in Goofy hell"
Nature does nothing in vain.
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
Laws, when good, should be supreme; and that the magistrate or magistrates should regulate those matters only on which the laws are unable to speak with precision owing to the difficulty of any general principle embracing all particulars.
A friend of everyone is a friend of no one
A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover.
A friend is a second self.
A man is the origin of his action.
Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort
Nature does nothing uselessly.
The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest.
Youth should be kept strangers to all that is bad, and especially to things which suggest vice or hate. When the five years have passed away, during the two following years they must look on at the pursuits which they are hereafter to learn. There are two periods of life with reference to which educ
A right election can only be made by those who have knowledge;
Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure.
The government of freemen is nobler and implies more virtue than despotic government. Neither is a city to be deemed happy or a legislator to be praised because he trains his citizens to conquer and obtain dominion over their neighbors, for there is great evil in this.
Now the greatest external good we should assume to be the thing which we offer as a tribute to the gods, and which is most coveted by men of high station, and is the prize awarded for the noblest deeds; and such a thing is honor, for honor is clearly the greatest of external goods.
The more you know, the more you know you don't know.
That education should be regulated by law and should be an affair of state is not to be denied, but what should be the character of this public education, and how young persons should be educated, are questions which remain to be considered. As things are, there is disagreement about the subjects. F
With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.
...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
One kind of justice is that which is manifested in distributions of honour or money or the other things that fall to be divided among those who have a share in the constitution ... and another kind is that which plays a rectifying part in transactions.
Not to know of what things one should demand demonstration, and of what one should not, argues want of education.
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
True happiness comes from gaining insight and growing into your best possible self. Otherwise all you're having is immediate gratification pleasure, which is fleeting and doesn't grow you as a person.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man.