Whether we call it sacrifice, or poetry, or adventure, it is always the same voice that calls.
Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotl
The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Arist
But it is not at all certain that this superiority of the many over the sound few is possible in the case of every people and every large number. There are some whom it would be impossible: otherwise the theory would apply to wild animals- and yet some men are hardly any better than wild animals.
There also appears to be another element in the soul, which, though irrational, yet in a manner participates in rational principle.
Money originated with royalty and slavery, it has nothing to do with democracy or the struggle of the empoverished enslaved majority.
Nature herself, as has been often said, requires that we should be able, not only to work well, but to use leisure well; for, as I must repeat once again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end.
We may assume the superiority ceteris paribus of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses - in short, from fewer premises.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream.
Of the irrational part of the soul again one division appears to be common to all living things, and of a vegetative nature.
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.
The male has more teeth than the female in mankind, and sheep and goats, and swine. This has not been observed in other animals. Those persons which have the greatest number of teeth are the longest lived; those which have them widely separated, smaller, and more scattered, are generally more short
Men are marked from the moment of birth to rule or be ruled.
To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men.
We must become just be doing just acts.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Maybe crying is a means of cleaning yourself out emotionally. Or maybe it's your last resort; the only way to express yourself when words fail, the same as when you were a baby and had no words.
One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man.
The avarice of mankind is insatiable.
The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them.
Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention them, but prove attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothin
It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good. But most people do not do these, but take refuge in theory and think they are being philosophers