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In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 16:24

all the virtues of character seem to belong to us from birth… For we are just and moderate and courageous and the rest straight from our birth … even children and animals have these natural dispositions, through they evidently prove harmful without rational guidance.

Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 16:10

One may observe in one’s travels in distant countries the feelings of recognition and affiliation that link every human being to every other human being

Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2011 at 06:35

When one is active about two things at once; the more pleasant activity drives out the other, and if it is much more pleasant does so all the more, so that one even ceases from the other.

Aristotle (via mcfeegle)

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2011 at 09:25

The vices respectively fall short of or exceed what is right in both passions and actions, while virtue both finds and chooses that which is intermediate.


In Uncategorized on October 21, 2011 at 05:14

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet

Aristotle (via myancientworld)

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2011 at 07:14

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

Aristotle (via forthenebulouskids)

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2011 at 16:12

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Aristotle (via garystmarvelous)

The key lies in who we talk to, and who we listen to, on what really concerns us. We can sometimes talk more honestly to strangers than to friends, but not with the same degree of significance, because what we discuss with friends stays alive in the relationship thereafter, affecting its course and influencing the character of the parties to it. Aristotle described a friend as “another self”, and that is sometimes true enough to make a friend the deceiver we need when we need to be deceived, and the absolver we need when we need absolution. But more importantly still, friends are the Others we need, and who need us, for the sake of the difference and connectedness which give us the feedback, the testing ground, the support and the acceptably modulated challenges that condition us – and the companionship and merriment that keep us sane.

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2011 at 16:08


Extract from Heart of Things by A.C. Grayling

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