Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotl
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
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.
It is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician demonstrative proofs.
Men pay most attention to what is their own: they care less for what is common; or, at any rate, they care for it only to the extent to which each is individually concerned.
The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.
Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a c
Rhetoric is the counterpart of logic; since both are conversant with subjects of such a nature as it is the business of all to have a certain knowledge of, and which belong to no distinct science. Wherefore all men in some way participate of both; since all, to a certain extent, attempt, as well to
The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool.
Those who act receive the prizes.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Arist
Wicked me obey from fear; good men,from love.
Every community is an association of some kind and every community is established with a view to some good; for everyone always acts in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embra
It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
PLOT is CHARACTER revealed by ACTION.
Democracy appears to be safer and less liable to revolution than oligarchy. For in oligarchies there is the double danger of the oligarchs falling out among themselves and also with the people; but in democracies there is only the danger of a quarrel with the oligarchs. No dissension worth mentionin
We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.
While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations.
If they do not share equally enjoyments and toils, those who labor much and get little will necessarily complain of those who labor little and receive or consume much. But indeed there is always a difficulty in men living together and having all human relations in common, but especially in their hav
The precepts of the law may be comprehended under these three points: to live honestly, to hurt no man willfully, and to render every man his due carefully.
For the real difference between humans and other animals is that humans alone have perception of good and evil, just and unjust, etc. It is the sharing of a common view in these matters that makes a household and a state.
. .we would have to say that hereditary succession is harmful. You may say the king, having sovereign power, will not in that case hand over to his children. But it is hard to believe that: it is a difficult achievement, which expects too much virtue of human nature.
People never know each other until they have eaten a certain amount of salt together.
We are what we repeatedly do.
All learning is derived from things previously known.
In painting, the most brilliant colors, spread at random and without design, will give far less pleasure than the simplest outline of a figure.
So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.
Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms.