But nothing is yet clear on the subject of the intellect and the contemplative faculty. However, it seems to be another kind of soul, and this alone admits of being separated, as that which is eternal from that which is perishable, while it is clear from these remarks that the other parts of the sou
The true nature of a thing is the highest it can become.
Happiness depends on ourselves.
Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . .
Good has two meanings: it means that which is good absolutely and that which is good for somebody.
Thus then a single harmony orders the composition of the whole...by the mingling of the most contrary principles.
Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher
The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body.
Art is a higher type of knowledge than experience.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
The poet, being an imitator like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects - things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be. The vehicle of expression is language - either current terms or, it may be, rare words
We are what we repeatedly do.
The high-minded man is fond of conferring benefits, but it shames him to receive them.
Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative
A friend is a second self.
Virtue makes us aim at the right end, and practical wisdom makes us take the right means.
For nature by the same cause, provided it remain in the same condition, always produces the same effect, so that either coming-to-be or passing-away will always result.
The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.
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 greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity of the dissimilar.
Anyone, without any great penetration, may distinguish the dispositions consequent on wealth; for its possessors are insolent and overbearing, from being tainted in a certain way by the getting of their wealth. For they are affected as though they possessed every good; since wealth is a sort of stan
They who are to be judges must also be performers.
The energy or active exercise of the mind constitutes life.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
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.
All people by nature desire to know. An example of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves.
Your happiness depends on you alone.
Even the best of men in authority are liable to be corrupted by passion. We may conclude then that the law is reason without passion, and it is therefore preferable to any individual.