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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.
To the query, "What is a friend?" his reply was "A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
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.
The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches.
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.
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.
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
Wit is educated insolence.