Even that some people try deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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The peculiar circumstances arising out of the fall of the Syracusan tyranny seem to have produced the first practitioners of the art of rhetorical.

For the beginning is thought to be more than half of the whole, and many of the questions we ask are cleared up by it.

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.

Nor is he liberal who gives with pain; for he would prefer the wealth to the noble act, and this is not characteristic of a liberal man. But no more will the liberal man take from wrong sources; for such taking is not characteristic of the man who sets no store by wealth.

It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, 'charm the crowd's ears more finely.' Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from common knowledge and draw obvious conclusions.

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.

He is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

The many are more incorruptible than the few; they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.

Actions which produce [virtue] are those which increase it, and also, if differently performed, destroy it.

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

It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good.

Hope is the dream of a waking man.