As in other departments of science, so in politics, the compound should always be resolved into the simple elements or least parts of the whole.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.

Nature does nothing uselessly.

A sign of this is what happens in our actions, for we delight in contemplating the most accurately made images of the very things that are painful for us to see, such as the forms of the most contemptible insects and of dead bodies.

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

Each type of activity produces the corresponding sort of person.

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

Law is order and good law is good order.

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

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they do need friendship in addition; and in the realm of the just things, the most just seems to be what involves friendship.

It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.

The first set make the underlying body one—either one of the three5 or something else which is denser than fire and rarer than air—then generate everything else from this, (15) and obtain multiplicity by condensation and rarefaction. Now these are contraries, which may be generalized into ‘excess and defect'.

Happiness is at once the best, the noblest, and the pleasantest of things.