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.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.

Civil strife is caused not only by inequality of property, but also by inequality of honors.

Therefore, even the lover of myth is a philosopher; for myth is composed of wonder.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

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 you is: to die soon.

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....

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor... the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting.

In a practical syllogism, the major premise is an opinion, while the minor premise deals with particular things, which are the province of perception. Now when the two premises are combined, just as in theoretic reasoning the mind is compelled to affirm the resulting conclusion, so in the case of practical premises you are forced at once to do it.

The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.

There is one end we all have – not in virtue of being rational, but simply in virtue of being human being – and that is happiness.

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.

Good character is the indispensable condition and chief determinant of happiness, itself the goal of all human doing. The end of all action, individual or collective, is the greatest happiness of the greatest number.

Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.