Ancient Greece
-384 // -322


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Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing
We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us
We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means
Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the nonperformance of base ones
To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men
To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary: nature, study, and practice
The state exists for the sake of a good life, and not for the sake of life only
The man with a host of friends who slaps on the back everybody he meets is regarded as the friend of nobody
The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."