All men by nature desire knowledge. Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. A friend to all is a friend to none. Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Education is the best provision for old age. 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. All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. No one loves the man whom he fears. All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Bad men are full of repentance. Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy. At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
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