As far as the name goes, we may almist say that the great majority of mankind are agreed about this; for both the multitude and the persons of refinement speak of it as happiness, and conceive 'the good life' or 'doing well' to be the same thing as 'being happy.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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For if Being is just one, and one in the way mentioned, there is a principle no longer, since a principle must be the principle of some thing or things.

We learn an art or craft by doing the things that we shall have to do when we have learnt it.

Each man judges correctly those matters with which he is acquainted; it is of these that he is a competent critic.

Even subjects that are known are known only to a few.

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.

It is accepted as democratic when public offices are allocated by lot; and as oligarchic when they are filled by election.

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.

Envy is pain at the good fortune of others.

And if a man believes nothing, but believes it equally so and not so, how would his state be different from a vegetable's?

Man is his desire.

Different men seek after happiness indifferent ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

All proofs rest on premises.

Justice is the loveliest and health is the best, but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire.