The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants.
There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
Man is by nature a political animal.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions ...
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life
Memory is the scribe of the soul.
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved.
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
So it is naturally with the male and the female the one is superior, the other inferior the one governs, the other is governed and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
The actuality of thought is life.
... happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it....
Without friends no one would choose to live.
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