Adventure is worthwhile.
Some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute.
Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it.
In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up
Plants, again, inasmuch as they are without locomotion, present no great variety in their heterogeneous pacts. For, when the functions are but few, few also are the organs required to effect them. ... Animals, however, that not only live but perceive, present a great multiformity of pacts, and this
What is the highest of all goods achievable by action? ...both the general run of man and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness ...but with regard to what happiness is they differ.
Women should marry when they are about eighteen years of age, and men at seven and thirty; then they are in the prime of life, and the decline in the powers of both will coincide.
The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.
What soon grows old? Gratitude.
Everything is done with a goal, and that goal is "good".
To leave the number of births unrestricted, as is done in most states, inevitably causes poverty among the citizens, and poverty produces crime and faction.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle 1
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Time is the measurable unit of movement concerning a before and an after.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
The good lawgiver should inquire how states and races of men and communities may participate in a good life, and in the happiness which is attainable by them.
To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls.
Man first begins to philosophize when the necessities of life are supplied.
Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.
Temperance and bravery, then, are ruined by excess and deficiency, but preserved by the mean.
Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure.
But then in what way are things called good? They do not seem to be like the things that only chance to have the same name. Are goods one then by being derived from one good or by all contributing to one good, or are they rather one by analogy? Certainly as sight is in the body, so is reason in the
The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an event.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotl
People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life.
It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits
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
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever end