Tis the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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If, however, the poetic end might have been as well or better attained without sacrifice of technical correctness in such matters, the impossibility is not to be justified, since the description should be, if it can, entirely free from error.

Consider pleasures as they depart not as they come.

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

Well begun is half done.

At the Olympic Games, it isn't the most beautiful or strongest who are crowned, but those who compete.

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.

We become brave by doing brave acts.

We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else.

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.