He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
When we deliberate it is about means and not ends.
There are three things that are the motives of choice and three that are the motives of avoidance; namely, the noble, the expedient, and the pleasant, and their opposites, the base, the harmful, and the painful. Now in respect of all these the good man is likely to go right and the bad to go wrong,
Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers.
A state of the soul is either (1) an emotion, (2) a capacity, or (3) a disposition; virtue therefore must be one of these three things.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. Aristotl
The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Arist
Character is revealed through action.
Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.
The greatest victory is over self.
Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle]
For those who possess and can wield arms are in a position to decide whether the constitution is to continue or not
And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.
To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward.
We deliberate not about ends, but about means.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Our actions determine our dispositions.
Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean. Indeed the very names of some directly imply evil, for instance malice, shamelessness, envy, and, of actions, adultery, theft, murder. All these and similar actions and feelings are blamed as being bad in themselves; it is n
Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.
It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in 'Timaeus' is different from what he says in his so-called 'unwritten teachings.'
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known), and also it is the most continuous, because we are more capable of continuous contemplation than we are of any practic
The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.