Quotations by Author


Anyone can become angry, that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not easy.

A friend is a second self.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes:- chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centred.

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication because youth is sweet and they are growing.

Man is by nature a political animal.

They should rule who are able to rule best.

Poetry is more philosophical and more serious than history, for its statements are in the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.

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 more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire- the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale - and that alone can guide.

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

Tragedy is thus a representation of an action that is worth serious attention, complete in itself and of some amplitude... by means of pity and fear bringing about the purgation of such emotions.