One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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As far as the name goes, we may almist say that the great majority of mankind are agreed about this; for both the multitude and the persons of refinement speak of it as happiness, and conceive 'the good life' or 'doing well' to be the same thing as 'being happy.

Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds.

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

Evil brings men together.

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily.

Anger Is A Gift.

Nature does nothing in vain.

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.

We learn an art or craft by doing the things that we shall have to do when we have learnt it.

The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.

It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.

With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.

Envy is pain at the good fortune of others.