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



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.

A man investigating principles cannot argue with one who denies their existence.

Memory is the scribe of the soul.

We are what we repatedy do. Excellance then is not an act but a habit.

What lies in our power to do it lies in our power not to do.

Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules.

Hence anyone who is to listen intelligently to lectures about what is noble and just and, generally, about the subjects of political science must have been brought up in good habits.

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

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.

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

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Poetry utters universal truths, history particular statements.

All men by nature desire knowledge.

But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.