As a Good Shoemaker
October 19, 2016

  “Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul… For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life becomingly and always makes the best […]

Another’s Good, or My Own?
October 5, 2016

  “For this reason justice, alone of the virtues, is thought to be ‘another’s good,’ because it is related to our neighbor; for it does what is advantageous to another. …and the best man is not he who exercises his virtue towards himself but he who exercises it towards another; for this […]

Looking to Others, Naturally
September 21, 2016

  “The liberal man…does not value wealth for its own sake but as a means to giving. …for it is the nature of the liberal man not to look to himself.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Studying ethics is not so much about seeing what you should not do. It’s about seeing what you […]

Wednesday Quotes
Vulnerable Happiness
September 7, 2016

“That the fortunes of descendants and of all a man’s friends should not affect his happiness at all seems an unfriendly doctrine, and one opposed to the opinions men hold.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle has just argued for one of the cornerstones of his worldview: human happiness most of all consists in […]

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A Greek You Should Remember
January 13, 2016

“…he possessed himself of the most kingly and divine appellation of Just…” Plutarch, speaking of Aristides Some might see reading about great men, especially of the ancient world, as simply a pleasant diversion, or even a kind of escape. Why, one might wonder, should I bother to remember? Aristides (530-468 BC) certainly […]

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Taking Care of Things
October 21, 2015

“Come, then, let’s consider this: Is there some function of a soul that you couldn’t perform with anything else, for example, taking care of things, ruling, deliberating, and the like? Is there anything other than a soul to which you could rightly assign these..?” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic Some questions are so […]

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The Festivity of the Just
September 16, 2015

“Men whose justice is straight know neither hunger nor ruin, but amid feasts enjoy the yield of their labors.” Hesiod, Works and Days Festivity. The word brings longing to the heart; we find ourselves wondering where it can be found. In describing a flourishing society Hesiod points especially to the festivity of […]

Wednesday Quotes
Clean Eyes
February 25, 2015

“Again, one time Sophocles, who was Pericles’ fellow-commissioner in the generalship, was going on board with him, and praised the beauty of a youth they met with on the way to the ship. ‘Sophocles,’ said he, ‘a general ought not only to have clean hands but also clean eyes’.” Plutarch, Life of Pericles […]

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No Unsuitable Word
January 21, 2015

“The truth, however, is, that Pericles himself was very careful what and how he was to speak, insomuch that, whenever he went up to the hustings, he prayed the gods that no one word might unawares slip from him unsuitable to the matter and the occasion.” Plutarch’s Lives It is interesting that […]

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Being Free from Jealousy
January 14, 2015

“Let me tell you then why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and the good can never have any jealousy of anything. And being free from jealousy, he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the […]