He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
And the same things look bent and straight when seen in water and out of it, and also both concave and convex, due to the sight’s being mislead by the colors, and every sort of confusion of this kind is plainly in our soul. And, then, it is because they take advantage of this affection in our nature that shadow painting, and puppeteering, and many other tricks of the kind fall nothing short of wizardry.
Of course, he said, he who is of a certain nature, is like those who areof a certain nature; he who is not, not.
All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
Neither by nature, then, nor contrary to nature do the virtues arise in us; rather we are adapted by nature to receive them, and are made perfect by habit.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
None of the moral virtues is engendered in us by nature, for no natural property can be altered by habit.
Some thinkers hold that it is by nature that people become good, others that it is by habit, and others that it is by instruction. Just as a piece of land has to be prepared beforehand if it is to nourish the seed, so the mind of the pupil has to be prepared in its habits if it is to enjoy and dislike the right things.
The noble things and the just things, which the political art examines, admit of much dispute and variability, such that they are held to exist by law alone and not by nature.
The virtues therefore are engendered in us neither by nature nor yet in violation of nature; nature gives us the capacity to receive them, and this capacity is brought to maturity by habit.