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



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.

For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

Nevertheless, some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute.

Moral experience—the actual possession and exercise of good character—is necessary truly to understand moral principles and profitably to apply them.

The first principle of all action is leisure.

Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.

It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.

Bad men are full of repentance.

The virtues therefore are engendered in us neither by nature nor yet in violation of nature; nature gives us the capacity to receive the,. and this capacity is brought to maturity by habit.

To get angry is easy, to get angry with the right person, the right moment and for the right reason is difficult.

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.

And this term usury [τóκoς], which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of making money this is the most unnatural.

It is likely that unlikely things should happen.