Wit is educated insolence.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
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.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
Bad men are full of repentance.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
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.
Change in all things is sweet.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.
He who hath many friends hath none.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.