It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.
happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
They [Young People] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
Wit is educated insolence.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
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.
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.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.