Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

And in the same spirit should each person receive what we say: for the man of education will seek exactness so far in each subject as the nature of the thing admits, it being plainly much the same absurdity to put up with a mathematician who tries to persuade instead of proving, and to demand strict demonstrative reasoning of a Rhetorician.

Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself.

For [people] are good18 in one way, but in all kinds of ways bad.

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.

Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.

Every skill and every inquiry, and similarly every action and rational choice, is thought to aim at some good; and so the good had been aptly described as that at which everything aims.

Most people would rather give than get affection.

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily.

History describes what has happened, poetry what might. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and serious than history; for poetry speaks of what is universal, history of what is particular.

How can a man who, for a significant phase of his formation, shared his master's opposition to rhetoric have in maturity composed a masterpiece of the formal study of rhetoric? This.

Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.

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.