Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotl
Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks ex
It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.
The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved.
If, then, there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake (everything else being desired for the sake of this), and if we do not choose everything for the sake of something else (for at that rate the process would go on to infinity, so that our desire would be empty and vain)
God and nature create nothing that does not fulfill a purpose
Wicked men obey out of fear. good men, out of love
The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else.
The shape of the heaven is of necessity spherical; for that is the shape most appropriate to its substance and also by nature primary.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. Aristotl
Speeches are like babies-easy to conceive but hard to deliver.
We laugh at that which we cannot bear to face.
Both Self-restraint and Unrestraint are a matter of extremes as compared with the character of the mass of mankind; the restrained man shows more and the unrestrained man less steadfastness than most men are capable of.
All art is concerned with coming into being.
Happiness is activity.
Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion.
Because the rich are generally few in number, while the poor are many, they appear to be antagonistic, and as the one or the other prevails they form the government. Hence arises the common opinion that there are two kinds of government - democracy and oligarchy.
But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction.
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.
A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence...makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.
...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
He who has conferred a benefit on anyone from motives of love or honor will feel pain, if he sees that the benefit is received without gratitude.
Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
All men desire by nature to know.