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Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
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.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the greatest victory is over self.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.
Let us be well persuaded that everyone of us possesses happiness in proportion to his virtue and wisdom, and according as he acts in obedience to their suggestion.
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
No man of high and generous spirit is ever willing to indulge in flattery; the good may feel affection for others, but will not flatter them.
The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Where there are friends, there is no need for justice, but where there is justice there still is a need for friendship.
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.
The wicked have no stability, for they do not remain in consistency with themselves; they continue friends only for a short time, rejoicing in each other?s wickedness.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
A man married to the right woman will be happy. A man married to the wrong woman will be a philosopher.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. Thus, there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
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.
guess he wasnt a lotus eater-the frowned people of today-the land which time forgot to change-was the guru of alexandar the great-pity the lotus eaters(qoute the time machine)-my tribute to all the fallen ones-the lotus eaters-rest in peace in grave-pity you didnt have machiavellian persons like him to teach-the dear departed ones-let them at least know peace in their grave.
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.
...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...
A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victort is the victory over self.
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 the government to the utmost.
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.
Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in imitation is universal.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Paraphrased for brevity: Those who think a HERILE government is the same as a regal government or that of a large family or of a city are mistaken.
The three aims of the tyrant are, one, the humiliation of his subjects; he knows that a mean-spirited man will not conspire against anybody; two, the creation of mistrust among them; for a tyrant is not to be overthrown until men begin to have confidence in one another -- and this is the reason why tyrants are at war with the good; they are under the idea that their power is endangered by them, not only because they will not be ruled despotically, but also because they are too loyal to one another and to other men, and do not inform against one another or against other men -- three, the tyrant desires that all his subjects shall be incapable of action, for no one attempts what is impossible and they will not attempt to overthrow a tyranny if they are powerless.
Time crumbles things everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
What is common to many is least taken care of, for all men have greater regard for what is their own than what they possess in common with others.