Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean.

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

A man may possess the disposition without its producing any good result.

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider to be God-fearing and pious.

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.

The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.

And here will apply an observation made before, that whatever is proper to each is naturally best and pleasantest to him: such then is to Man the life in accordance with pure Intellect (since this Principle is most truly Man), and if so, then it is also the happiest.

The same distinction marks off Tragedy from Comedy; for Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.

Now if you have proofs to bring forward, bring them forward, and your moral discourse as well; if you have no enthymemes, then fall back upon moral discourse: after all, it is more fitting for a good man to display himself as an honest fellow than as a subtle reasoner.

Nor is he liberal who gives with pain; for he would prefer the wealth to the noble act, and this is not characteristic of a liberal man. But no more will the liberal man take from wrong sources; for such taking is not characteristic of the man who sets no store by wealth.

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.

A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence...makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.

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

For this alone is lacking even to God, to make undone the things that have once been done.