Happiness is a certain activity of soul in conformity with perfect goodness
The laws are, and ought to be, relative to the constitution, and not the constitution to the laws. A constitution is the organization of offices in a state, and determines what is to be the governing body, and what is the end of each community. But laws are not to be confounded with the principles o
Justice is the loveliest and health is the best. but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire.
Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers, and oligarchy in which the rich; it is only an accident that the free are the many and the rich are the few.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Whereas happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it, the various qualities of men are clearly the reason why there are various kinds of states and many forms of government; for different men seek aft
For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
Metaphor is halfway between the unintelligible and the commonplace.
Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune.
Some things the legislator must find ready to his hand in a state, others he must provide. And therefore we can only say: May our state be constituted in such a manner as to be blessed with the goods of which fortune disposes (for we acknowledge her power): whereas virtue and goodness in the state a
The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.
For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one's strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases and preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues. This much then, is clear: in all
Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.
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.
Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.
Nothing is what rocks dream about
The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Aristotl
Find the good. Seek the Unity. Ignore the divisions among us.
Love well, be loved and do something of value.
The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.
The best things are placed between extremes.
In painting, the most brilliant colors, spread at random and without design, will give far less pleasure than the simplest outline of a figure.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.
I seek to bring forth what you almost already know.
Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech.