| We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
| Man is naturally a political animal.
| A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
| Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
| He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
| If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
| Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
| The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
| Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
| Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
| We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
| Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
| Friendship is essentially a partnership.
| No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
| No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
| He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.
| Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
| Bad men are full of repentance.
| In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
| Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.