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.
The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
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.
In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
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.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
The law is reason, free from passion.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.