Quote Of The Day — October 24, 2013

Man acts voluntarily, the impulses that move the parts of his body are in his power to do or not to do. To endure great indignities for no noble end or for a trifling one is the mark of an inferior person. As a rule, what is expected is painful, and what we are forced to do is base, whence praise and blame are bestowed on those who have been compelled or have not.

ARIST. Nico. III.1.

Aristotle 384-322 B.C.

Aristotle. The Nichomean Ethics. W. D. Ross  


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6 Responses to Quote Of The Day — October 24, 2013

  1. Mrs AL says:

    For whatever reason, Grouchy, I am trouble by the term ‘inferior person.’ While I believe I understand the base message of the quote, would you please humor me and give me and example?

    • Great People talk about IDEAS..
      Mediocre People talk about THINGS.
      Small People talk about other PEOPLE. (Gossip)

      What is the size of your mental and intellectual paradigm? Can you (Plural) discuss the Nature of the Universe, and relate it to the cells of your (sing.) body?

      Can you, without bitterness or anger, discuss the relationship of Human to Human?

      So few people have the ideal of bettering their Spiritual, mental and emotional selves. Their concern is to have the newest Bentley, the newest BMW, the strongest body or the most beautiful body in the competition…

      I would much rather raise my ideals, above the mundane and common, and let the world know that its true basis is an unfathomable, unbreakable LOVE, that is eternal.

      Inferior, in this sense, is of the Earth and its grasp. To be superior, is to reach out, in Love, Kindness and Support, to give a hand-up to those who have fallen, until they once again can stand on their own.

      My two cents. Others may have another perspective, Mrs AL

  2. Buck says:

    Guess Ol’ Aristotle never heard of involuntary reflexes….