Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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