Hope is the dream of a waking man.



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Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle

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

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.

We acquire a particular quality by acting in a particular way.

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

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.

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

The virtues therefore are engendered in us neither by nature nor yet in violation of nature; nature gives us the capacity to receive the,. and this capacity is brought to maturity by habit.

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.

He who is a citizen in a democracy will often not be a citizen in an oligarchy.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

And in the same spirit should each person receive what we say: for the man of education will seek exactness so far in each subject as the nature of the thing admits, it being plainly much the same absurdity to put up with a mathematician who tries to persuade instead of proving, and to demand strict demonstrative reasoning of a Rhetorician.

The simply complete thing, then, is that which is always chosen for itself and never on account of something else.

Happiness is at once the best, the noblest, and the pleasantest of things.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.