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.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
Aristotle — quotes and aphorisms
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
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.