Character is that which reveals moral purpose, showing what kind of things a man chooses or avoids.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents.

We become brave by doing brave acts.

Neither by nature, therefore, nor contrary to nature are the virtues present; they are instead present in us who are of such a nature as to receive them, and who are completed1 through habit.

The cultivation of the intellect is man's highest good and purest happiness.

Indeed, it is evident that the mere passage of time itself is destructive rather than generative [...] because change is primarily a 'passing away.' So it is only incidentally that time is the cause of things coming into being and existing.

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.

Fame means being respected by everybody, or having some quality that is desired by all men, or by most, or by the good, or by the wise.

These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.

To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

Life in accordance with intellect is best and pleasantest, since this, more than anything else, constitutes humanity.

It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit.