A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
Happiness is a state of activity.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
The law is reason from passion.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
We cannot learn without pain.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
They should rule who are able to rule best.
Bad men are full of repentance.
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them
A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
Wicked men obey out of fear good men, out of love.
The greatest thing is style... a mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.
To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
All art is concerned with coming into being.
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.
Sun Tzu - Lao Tzu - John Locke - Theodor Adorno - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - Marquis de Condorcet - Marcus Fabius Quintilian - John Dewey - Anaxagoras - Amartya Sen