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Aristotle

Greek critic, logician, naturalist, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist

Aristotle (in most languages other than English known as Aristoteles) was a Greek philosopher who lived from 384 to 322 BC. Along with Plato, he is often considered to be one of the two most influential philosophers in Western thought.

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Anybody can become angry--that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way--that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
- Aristotle

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
- Aristotle

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
- Aristotle

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
- Aristotle

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
- Aristotle

In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
- Aristotle

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
- Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
- Aristotle

Law is mind without reason.
- Aristotle

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
- Aristotle

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way...you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
- Aristotle

Pleasure in the job put perfection in the work.
- Aristotle

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
- Aristotle

The gods too are fond of a joke.
- Aristotle

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
- Aristotle

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
- Aristotle

To perceive is to suffer.
- Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do.
- Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
- Aristotle

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
- Aristotle

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
- Aristotle

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
- Aristotle

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
- Aristotle

All men by nature desire knowledge.
- Aristotle

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
- Aristotle

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
- Aristotle

One swallow does not make a summer.
- Aristotle

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
- Aristotle

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
- Aristotle

To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
- Aristotle

We make war that we may live in peace.
- Aristotle

We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
- Aristotle

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
- Aristotle

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
- Aristotle

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
- Aristotle

A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
- Aristotle

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
- Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
- Aristotle

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
- Aristotle

Law is order, and good law is good order.
- Aristotle

Man is by nature a political animal.
- Aristotle

Nature does nothing uselessly.
- Aristotle

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
- Aristotle

They should rule who are able to rule best.
- Aristotle

Well begun is half done.
- Aristotle

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
- Aristotle

A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
- Aristotle

Evil draws men together.
- Aristotle

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
- Aristotle

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.
- Aristotle

 


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