Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
The tragic fear and pity may be aroused by the Spectacle; but they may also be aroused by the very structure and incidents of the play—which is the better way and shows the better poet. The Plot in fact should be so framed that even without seeing the things take place, he who simply hears...
Aristotle… a mere bond-servant to his logic, thereby rendering it contentious…
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
When states are democratically governed according to law, there are no demagogues, and the best citizens are securely in the saddle; but where the laws are not sovereign, there you find demagogues. The people become a monarch… such people, in its role as a monarch, not being controlled by law, aims at sole power and...
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.