Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

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

A man investigating principles cannot argue with one who denies their existence.

For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize.

The plot, then, is the first principle, and, as it were, the soul of a tragedy; Character holds the second place.

The student of politics must study the soul.

The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.

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

It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit.

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

However, it is not the same with the subject matter, but, generally speaking, that which is true and better is naturally always easier to prove and more likely to persuade.

To perceive is to suffer.

In speaking about someone's character, we do not say that he is wise or comprehending, but that he is gentle or moderate.

No one loves the man whom he fears.

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.

Tragedy, however, is an imitation not only of a complete action, but also of incidents arousing pity and fear.

But justice is the bond of men in states, for the administration of justice, which is the determination of what is just, is the principle of order in political society.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

For instance, it is not the function of medicine to restore a patient to health, but only to promote this end as far as possible; for even those whose recovery is impossible may be properly treated.

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.

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

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

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.

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it.

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness...

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

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

For [people] are good18 in one way, but in all kinds of ways bad.

All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of action.

The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. If Eudaimonia, or happiness, is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence; and this will be that of the best thing in us.

They are fond of fun and therefore witty, wit being well-bred insolence.

Happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves.... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement....

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

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.

A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble.

We must practise doing good actions, not just read about virtue.

The secret to humor is surprise.

If there are two definitive features of ancient Greek civilization, they are loquacity and competition.

The many are more incorruptible than the few; they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.

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

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.

Avoid the enthymeme form when you are trying to rouse feeling; for it will either kill the feeling or will itself fall flat: all simultaneous motions tend to cancel each other either completely or partially.

A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.

The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god.