Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law.
Equity is that idea of justice which contravenes the written law.
Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well.
Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia.
A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.
You are what you do repeatedly,
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.
For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotl
Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
In practical matters the end is not mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about Virtue, then, but we must endeavor to possess it, and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make.
The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil.
I say that habit's but a long practice, friend, and this becomes men's nature in the end.
Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue.
A man can make up his mind quickly when he has only a little to make up.
... the science we are after is not about mathematicals either none of them, you see, is separable.
The soul is the form of the body
A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.
Although it may be difficult in theory to know what is just and equal, the practical difficulty of inducing those to forbear who can, if they like, encroach, is far greater, for the weaker are always asking for equality and justice, but the stronger care for none of these things.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own.
Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms; but those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of
That the equalization of property exercises an influence on political society was clearly understood even by some of the old legislators. Laws were made by Solon and others prohibiting an individual from possessing as much land as he pleased;
The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else.
Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Suc
All flatterers are mercenary, and all low-minded men are flatterers.
The activity of happiness must occupy an entire lifetime; for one swallow does not a summer make.
We are what we frequently do.