Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Happiness is a state of activity.

We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him.

Even that some people try deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust.

What lies in our power to do it lies in our power not to do.

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.

Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.

If it is better to be happy as a result of one's own exertions than by the gift of fortune, it is reasonable to suppose that this is how happiness is won.

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

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.

For the laughable is a sort of error and ugliness that is not painful and destructive, just as, evidently, a laughable mask is something ugly and distorted without pain.

Every skill and every inquiry, and similarly every action and rational choice, is thought to aim at some good; and so the good had been aptly described as that at which everything aims.

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.