If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary.
A city is composed of different kinds of men; similar people cannot bring a city into existence.
Now what is just and right is to be interpreted in the sense of 'what is equal'; and that which is right in the sense of being equal is to be considered with reference to the advantage of the state, and the common good of the citizens. And a citizen is one who shares in governing and being governed.
Man is by nature a political animal.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Arist
I seek to bring forth what you almost already know.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle]
Between friends there is no need of justice.
Happiness involves engagement in activities that promote one's highest potentials.
...happiness is an activity and a complete utilization of virtue, not conditionally but absolutely.
One who faces and who fears the right things and from the right motive, in the right way and at the right time, posseses character worthy of our trust and admiration.
The Life of the intellect is the best and pleasantest for man, because the intellect more than anything else is the man. Thus it will be the happiest life as well.
One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one, which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it.
Happiness is a certain activity of soul in conformity with perfect goodness
The ultimate end...is not knowledge, but action. To be half right on time may be more important than to obtain the whole truth too late.
When couples have children in excess, let abortion be procured before sense and life have begun; what may or may not be lawfully done in these cases depends on the question of life and sensation.
Those who act receive the prizes.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Of ill-temper there are three kinds: irascibility, bitterness, sullenness. It belongs to the ill-tempered man to be unable to bear either small slights or defeats but to be given to retaliation and revenge, and easily moved to anger by any chance deed or word. Ill-temper is accompanied by excitabili
Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
So it is clear that the search for what is just is a search for the mean; for the law is the mean.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Talent is culture with insolence.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
To perceive is to suffer.