And it will often happen that a man with wealth in the form of coined money will not have enough to eat; and what a ridiculous kind of wealth is that which even in abundance will not save you from dying with hunger!



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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The peculiar circumstances arising out of the fall of the Syracusan tyranny seem to have produced the first practitioners of the art of rhetorical.

We laugh at inferior or ugly individuals, because we feel a joy at feeling superior to them.

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.

Any polis which is truly so called, and is not merely one in name, must devote itself to the end of encouraging goodness. Otherwise, political association sinks into a mere alliance.

Nor is he liberal who gives with pain; for he would prefer the wealth to the noble act, and this is not characteristic of a liberal man. But no more will the liberal man take from wrong sources; for such taking is not characteristic of the man who sets no store by wealth.

Justice is the loveliest and health is the best, but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire.

Envy is pain at the good fortune of others.

If there are two definitive features of ancient Greek civilization, they are loquacity and competition.

It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot; and as oligarchic when they are filled by election.

Law is mind without reason.

Hence, in a constitutional government the fighting-men have the supreme power, and those who possess arms are the citizens.

Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.

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.

For instance, it is not the function of medicine to restore a patient to health, but only to promote this end as far as possible; for even those whose recovery is impossible may be properly treated.