Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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

By the mean of the thing I denote a point equally distant from either extreme, which is one and the same for everybody; by the mean relative to us, that amount which is neither too much nor too little, and this is not one and the same for everybody.

He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

Happiness seems to depend on leisure, because we work to have leisure, and wage war to live in peace.

The man who does not enjoy doing noble actions is not a good man at all.

The greatest crimes are not those committed for the sake of necessity but those committed for the sake of superfluity. One does not become a tyrant to avoid exposure to the cold.

But in all cases we must guard most carefully against what is pleasant, and pleasure itself, because we are not impartial judges of it.

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world.

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

Where there are things to be done the end is not to survey and recognize the various things, but rather to do them...

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