All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

Again, Practical Wisdom and Excellence of the Moral character are very closely united; since the Principles of Practical Wisdom are in accordance with the Moral Virtues and these are right when they accord with Practical Wisdom.

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

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.

If, however, the poetic end might have been as well or better attained without sacrifice of technical correctness in such matters, the impossibility is not to be justified, since the description should be, if it can, entirely free from error.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions-that is, to name them and.

We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.

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.

Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.