The poet's function is to describe, not the thing that has happened, but the kind of thing that might happen, i.e. what is possible as being probable or necessary.
It is of itself that the divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking.
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
The bad man is continually at war with, and in opposition to, himself
And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state.
There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous.
Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them.
A proper wife should be as obedient as a slave.... The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities a natural defectiveness.
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
One swallow does not make a summer.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
It is possible to fail in many ways ... while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult to miss the mark easy, to hit it difficult).
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
We make war that we may live in peace.
In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Different men seek happiness in different ways and by different means.
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.
A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art.
Sophocles said he drew men as they ought to be, and Euripides as they were.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Lao Tzu - Karl Marx - John Stuart Mill - Francis Bacon - Deepak Chopra - Arthur Schopenhauer - Martin Heidegger - Friedrich von Schelling - Democritus - Baron de Montesquieu