Again, those also who are ignorant of legal regulations which they are bound to know, and which are not hard to know, they chastise; and similarly in all other cases where neglect is thought to be the cause of the ignorance, under the notion that it was in their power to prevent their ignorance, because they might have paid attention.

Aristotle

Aristotle

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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

A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.

A friend is a second self.

It is a part of probability that many improbabilities will happen.

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.

In constructing the plot and working it out with the proper diction, the poet should place the scene, as far as possible, before his eyes. In this way, seeing everything with the utmost vividness, as if he were a spectator of the action, he will discover what is in keeping with it, and be most unlikely to overlook inconsistencies.

Our first presupposition must be that in nature nothing acts on, or is acted on by, any other thing at random, nor may anything come from anything else, unless we mean that it does so in virtue of a concomitant attribute.

Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.

It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.

The simply complete thing, then, is that which is always chosen for itself and never on account of something else.

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.

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.

Memory is the scribe of the soul.