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 law is reason free from passion
It is easy to fly into a passion - anybody can do that - but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time with the right object and in the right way - that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Wicked men obey out of fear; good men, out of love.
The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues.
Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude