Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Arist
Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions
Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Arist
To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity.
Temperance and bravery, then, are ruined by excess and deficiency, but preserved by the mean.
The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole.
In educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Nothing is what rocks dream about
[Prudence] is the virtue of that part of the intellect [the calculative] to which it belongs; and . . . our choice of actions will not be right without Prudence any more than without Moral Virtue, since, while Moral Virtue enables us to achieve the end, Prudence makes us adopt the right means to the
But the virtues we get by first exercising them, as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g. men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temper
In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
It is the active exercise of our faculties in conformity with virtue that causes happiness, and the opposite activities its opposite.
Through discipline comes freedom.
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
A true friend is one soul divided into two people.
The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil.
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.
The error of Socrates must be attributed to the false notion of unity from which he starts. Unity there should be, both of the family and of the state, but in some respects only. For there is a point at which a state may attain such a degree of unity as to be no longer a state, or at which, without
Our virtues are voluntary (and in fact we are in a sense ourselves partly the cause of our moral dispositions, and it is our having a certain character that makes us set up an end of a certain kind), it follows that our vices are voluntary also; they are voluntary in the same manner as our virtues.
Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish.
All learning is derived from things previously known.
The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure
Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle]
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
There is an error common to both oligarchies and to democracies: in the latter the demagogues, when the multitude are above the law, are always cutting the city in two by quarrels with the rich, whereas they should always profess to be maintaining their cause; just as in oligarchies the oligarchs sh
If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary.