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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

Hope is the dream of a waking man.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

Hope is a waking dream.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

The secret to humor is surprise.

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.

He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

Wit is educated insolence.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

The secret to humor is surprise.

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Man is by nature a political animal.

Well begun is half done.

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.

Well begun is half done.

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.

The gods too are fond of a joke.

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

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.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

Bad men are full of repentance.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

No one loves the man whom he fears.

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.

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.

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Man is by nature a political animal.

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

Nature does nothing in vain.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

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.

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

The law is reason, free from passion.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Change in all things is sweet.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

The soul never thinks without a picture.

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

Change in all things is sweet.

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