Happiness is a thing honored and perfect. This seems to be borne out by the fact that it is a first principle or starting-point, since all other things that all men do are done for its sake; and that which is the first principle and cause of things good we agree to be something honorable and divine.
Man's best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it.
It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.
For the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater. .
Being a father is the most rewarding thing a man whose career has plateaued can do.
For knowing is spoken of in three ways: it may be either universal knowledge or knowledge proper to the matter in hand or actualising such knowledge; consequently three kinds of error also are possible.
The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth.
The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others.
Some persons hold that, while it is proper for the lawgiver to encourage and exhort men to virtue on moral grounds, in the expectation that those who have had a virtuous moral upbringing will respond, yet he is bound to impose chastisement and penalties on the disobedient and ill-conditioned, and to
But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul.
There's many a slip between the cup and the lip.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
When we deliberate it is about means and not ends.
There is also a doubt as to what is to be the supreme power in the state: - Is it the multitude? Or the wealthy? Or the good? Or the one best man? Or a tyrant?
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Anybody can get hit over the head.
If you string together a set of speeches expressive of character, and well finished in point and diction and thought, you will not produce the essential tragic effect nearly so well as with a play which, however deficient in these respects, yet has a plot and artistically constructed incidents.
People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just.
People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life.
We cannot learn without pain
A man who examines each subject from a philosophical standpoint cannot neglect them: he has to omit nothing, and state the truth about each topic.
Of cases where a man is truthful both in speech and conduct when no considerations of honesty come in, from an habitual sincerity of disposition. Such sincerity may be esteemed a moral excellence; for the lover of truth, who is truthful even when nothing depends on it, will a fortiori be truthful wh
Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for yo
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotl
Nature herself, as has been often said, requires that we should be able, not only to work well, but to use leisure well; for, as I must repeat once again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state, especially of the highest of all. The government is everywhere sovereign in the state, and the constitution is in fact the government.
Law is mind without reason.
Saying the words that come from knowledge is no sign of having it.
They should rule who are able to rule best.
Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter.