The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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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.


A friend is a second self.

With regard to excellence it is not enough to know but we must try to have and use it.

The female is, as it were, a mutilated male, and the catamenia are semen, only not pure; for there is only one thing they have not in them, the principle of soul.

Beside these there is no other way; for the act is necessarily either done or not done, and those who act either have knowledge or do not.

The poet, being an imitator like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects - things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be. The vehicle of expression is language - either current terms or, it may be, rare words or metaphors.

All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of action.

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

For instance, it is not the function of medicine to restore a patient to health, but only to promote this end as far as possible; for even those whose recovery is impossible may be properly treated.

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it.

We are what we repatedy do. Excellance then is not an act but a habit.

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

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