Sunday, 21 October 2001 : "Aristotle"Some Aristotle for the day, prompted by this quote seen at the gym:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
That's a good one to run across after I've played video games or watched stupid shows for too long. "what we repeatedly do..."
Another framing of the theme:
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.
And these two are especially good for the present time:
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way -- that is not within everyone's power; that is not easy.
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