Again, it is for the sake of the soul that goods external and goods of the body are eligible at all, and all wise men ought to choose them for the sake of the soul, and not the soul for the sake of them.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Men do not become tyrants in order that they may not suffer cold.

The poet's function is to describe, not the thing that has happened, but a kind of thing that might happen, i.e., what is possible as being probable or necessary...Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.

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.

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

We are what we repeatively do. Success is not an action but a habit.

Anything whose presence or absence makes no discernible difference is no essential part of the whole.

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.

The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.

Beside these there is no other way; for the act is necessarily either done or not done, and those who act either have knowledge or do not.

For to people of that sort, just as to those lacking self-restraint,15 knowledge is without benefit. But to those who fashion their longings in accord with reason and act accordingly, knowing about these things would be of great profit.

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.

To perceive is to suffer.