And by this very difference tragedy stands apart in relation to comedy, for the latter intends to imitate those who are worse, and the former better, than people are now.



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For we do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary conditions or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its simplest elements. Plainly therefore in the science of Nature, (15) as in other branches of study, our first task will be to try to determine what relates to its principles.

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

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

The ideal man, takes joy in doing favours for others; but he feels ashamed to have others do favours for him. For it is a mark of superiority to confer a kindness; but it is a mark of inferiority to receive it.

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.

To lead an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.

Good character is the indispensable condition and chief determinant of happiness, itself the goal of all human doing. The end of all action, individual or collective, is the greatest happiness of the greatest number.

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

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.

Happiness then, is found to be something perfect and self sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.