All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.
Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole.
There also appears to be another element in the soul, which, though irrational, yet in a manner participates in rational principle.
Conscientious and careful physicians allocate causes of disease to natural laws, while the ablest scientists go back to medicine for their first principles.
But since there is but one aim for the entire state, it follows that education must be one and the same for all, and that the responsibility for it must be a public one, not the private affair which it now is, each man looking after his own children and teaching them privately whatever private curri
We are what we repeatedly do.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may in the evening of his days meet with great misfortunes.
A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Arist
At first he who invented any art that went beyond the common perceptions of man was naturally admired by men, not only because there was something useful in the inventions, but because he was thought wise and superior to the rest. But as more arts were invented, and some were directed to the necessi
We make war that we may live in peace.
Hence both women and children must be educated with an eye to the constitution, if indeed it makes any difference to the virtue of a city-state that its children be virtuous, and its women too. And it must make a difference, since half the free population are women, and from children come those who
A period may be defined as a portion of speech that has in itself a beginning and an end, being at the same time not too big to be taken in at a glance
People do not naturally become morally excellent or practically wise. They become so, if at all, only as the result of lifelong personal and community effort.
We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why any one should have a knowledge of it.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotl
Nothing in life is more necessary than friendship.
Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.
No one praises happiness as one praises justice, but we call it a 'blessing,' deeming it something higher and more divine than things we praise.
Property should be in a general sense common, but as a general rule private... In well-ordered states, although every man has his own property, some things he will place at the disposal of his friends, while of others he shares the use of them.
Since the branch of philosophy on which we are at present engaged differs from the others in not being a subject of merely intellectual interest â€” I mean we are not concerned to know what goodness essentially is, but how we are to become good men, for this alone gives the study its practical value
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
Moral virtue is a mean . . . between two vices, one of excess and the other of defect; . . . it is such a mean because it aims at hitting the middle point in feelings and in actions. This is why it is a hard task to be good, for it is hard to find the middle point in anything.
Even if you must have regard to wealth, in order to secure leisure, yet it is surely a bad thing that the greatest offices, such as those of kings and generals, should be bought. The law which allows this abuse makes wealth of more account than virtue, and the whole state becomes avaricious.
Nature does nothing in vain. Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents, in order to be content and complete.
The happy man . . . will be always or at least most often employed in doing and contemplating the things that are in conformity with virtue. And he will bear changes of fortunes most nobly, and with perfect propriety in every way.
A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps close to truth.