Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

The Ideal age for marriage in men is 35. The Ideal age for marriage in women is 18.

For the activity of the mind is life.

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.

It is therefore not of small moment whether we are trained from adulthood in one set of habits or another; on the contrary it is of very great, or rather supreme importance.

Where there are things to be done the end is not to survey and recognize the various things, but rather to do them...

Happiness requires both complete goodness and a complete lifetime.

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.

Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.

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

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

Anything whose presence or absence makes no discernible difference is no essential part of the whole.

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.

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.