My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
Walking is magic. Can't recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps... this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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.
Aristotle — quotes and aphorisms
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
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.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
Wit is well-bred insolence.
We are what we repeatedly do.
To perceive is to suffer.