They should rule who are able to rule best.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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For none of the others can exist independently: substance alone is independent: for everything is predicated of substance as subject.

To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

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

It is a part of probability that many improbabilities will happen.

Verbally there is very general agreement; for both the general run of men and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness, and identify living well and doing well with being happy; but with regard to what happiness is they differ, and the many do not give the same account as the wise.

A sign of this is what happens in our actions, for we delight in contemplating the most accurately made images of the very things that are painful for us to see, such as the forms of the most contemptible insects and of dead bodies.

With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.

The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else.

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.

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they do need friendship in addition; and in the realm of the just things, the most just seems to be what involves friendship.

For liberality resides not in the multitude of the gifts but in the state of character of the giver.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

The megalopsychos cannot let anyone else, except a friend, determine his life. For that would be slavish; and this is why all flatterers are servile and inferior people are flatterers.