Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.

All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.

Moral experience—the actual possession and exercise of good character—is necessary truly to understand moral principles and profitably to apply them.

Nothing is what rocks dream about.

Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do.

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Now each man judges well the things he knows, and of these he is a good judge. And so the man who has been educated in a subject is a good judge of that subject, and the man who has received an all-round education is a good judge in general.

It is thus evident that Rhetoric does not deal with any one definite class of subjects, but, like Dialectic, [is of general application]; also, that it is useful; and further, that its function is not so much to persuade, as to find out in each case the existing means of persuasion.

Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.

It is all wrong that a person who is going to be deemed worthy of the office should himself solicit it... for no one who is not ambitious would ask to hold office.

To seek for utility everywhere is entirely unsuited to men that are great-souled and free.

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.

The first principle of all action is leisure.