What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
Topics: Politics, Politicians
Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.
Anything that we have to learn we learn by the actual doing of it… we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.
Topics: Doing, Ethics, Become, Learn, Act
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
Tragedy is a representation of action that is worthy of serious attention, complete in itself and of some magnitude – bringing about by means of pity and fear the purging of such emotions.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
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.
Topics: Morals, Morality
It is more difficult to organize peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not well organized.
Between friends there is no need of justice.
To die in order to avoid anything that is evil and disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward; for it is cowardice to shun the trials and crosses of life, not undergoing death because it is honorable, but to avoid evil.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Topics: Acting, Habit, Ethics, Action
The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.
There is a cropping-time in the races of men, as in the fruits of the field; and sometimes, if the shock be good, there springs up for a time a succession of splendid men; and then comes a period of barrenness.
It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than even by good laws.
Every art and every inquiry, as well as every practical pursuit, seems to aim at some good, whereby it has been well said that the good is that at which all things aim.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy.
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
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of out own existence.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
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