Cicero reminds us that in virtue ethics intentions are fundamental. If you do an act of kindness in order to receive a favor, then you have done no kindness at all.
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977. The duty to help the poor
2:40Relieving the poor is a form of charity that is a service to the state as well as to the individual.
976. Political theory, not just virtue
2:47The reason for making constitutional laws was the same as that for making kings. For what people have always sought is equality of rights before the law. For rights that were not open to all alike would be no rights.
975. Virtue and human society
3:04Think of the aqueducts, canals, irrigation works, breakwaters, artificial harbors; how should we have these without the work of people?
974. The morally right vs the expedient
3:05It is nowadays accepted that a thing may be morally right without being expedient, and expedient without being morally right. No more pernicious doctrine than this could be introduced into human life.
973. Dogmatists vs Skeptics
3:03As other schools maintain that some things are certain, others uncertain, we, differing with them, say that some things are probable, others improbable.
972. Philosophy, the most useful pursuit
2:53And if someone lives who would belittle the study of philosophy, I quite fail to see what in the world they would see fit to praise.
971. If you can't do politics, do philosophy
2:47And since my mind could not be wholly idle, I thought that the most honourable way for me to forget my sorrows would be by turning to philosophy.
970. Practical duties
2:43If wisdom is the most important of the virtues, as it certainly is, it necessarily follows that that duty which is connected with the social obligation is the most important duty.
969. The virtue of temperance
2:26Moderation is the science of doing the right thing at the right time.
968. Making important decisions early in life
2:44We are called to make important decisions about our life and career when we are young and immature. That's why engaging in critical philosophical reflection as soon as possible is crucial for our happiness.