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July 11, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Aristotle Quotes on Friendship and Virtue

Friendship . . .is a virtue and is besides most necessary with a view to living. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.

Aristotle

Moreover, friendship would seem to hold cities together, and legislators would seem to be more concerned about it than about justice. For concord would seem to be similar to friendship and they aim at concord among all, while they try above all to expel civil conflict, which is enmity.

Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII)

Friendship is perhaps the highest summit of the moral life. in which virtue and happiness are united. Friendship is a worthy outlet for the talents and energies of great-souled people. Friendship likewise completes and goes beyond justice. The goodness shown in noble friendships seems higher than justice because it is entirely dependent upon one’s own character and choice and is not defined or compelled by law. Acts of friendship seem both more truly generous and more conducive to one’s own happiness than acts done strictly because they are moral. Acting for the sake of what is good means having primary regard for one’s own virtue and the good of one’s own soul, whereas acting for a friend seems to be self-forgetting. And spontaneous acts of friendship tend to be more pleasant than impersonal acts of virtue for the doer as well as for the recipient.

Lorraine S. Pangle, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship, p. 7.

Good relationships, and especially friendships based on admiration of the good qualities of one’s friend bring the best out in people.

Gerard Hughes, Aristotle on Ethics, p. 176

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