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 Aristotle Quotes 

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

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

No great mind has ever existed existed without a touch of madness.

Happiness is the meaning meaning and the purpose of life, the whole whole aim and end of human existence. existence.

Excellence Excellence is never an accident. accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, effort, and intelligent execution; it represents represents the wise choice of many alternatives alternatives choice, not chance, determines determines your destiny. destiny.

He who has overcome overcome his fears will truly be free.

I count him braver who overcomes overcomes his desires than him who conquers conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.

Whosoever is delighted in delighted in solitude, solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.

The antidote antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

The aim of art is to represent represent not the outward appearance appearance of things, but their inward significance.

I have gained this by philosophy ... I do without do without being ordered what some are constrained constrained to do by their fear of the law.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Wit is educated insolence. insolence.

Dignity does not consist in possessing possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve deserve them.

Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally accidentally is either beneath beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self sufficient sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake partake of society, is either a beast or a god.

All paid jobs absorb absorb and degrade degrade the mind.

All persons ought to endeavor endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. established.

Learning is an ornament in prosperity, prosperity, a refuge refuge in adversity, adversity, and a provision provision in old age.

Character may almost be called the most effective effective means means of persuasion. persuasion.

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. melancholy.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation anticipation of evil. evil.

Mothers are fonder fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain certain they are their own

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation. vocation.

The roots of education are bitter, bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Excellence Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue virtue or excellence, excellence, but we rather rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

We must be neither cowardly nor rash rash but courageous.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, pleasure, but to avoid pain.

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

...happiness does not consist in amusement. amusement. In fact, it would be strange strange if our end were amusement, amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships hardships all our life long merely merely to amuse amuse ourselves.... The happy life is regarded regarded as a life in conformity conformity with virtue. virtue. It is a life which involves involves effort effort and is not spent in amusement.... amusement....

Youth is easily deceived deceived because it is quick to hope.

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

A tyrant must put on the appearance appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects Subjects are less apprehensive apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider consider god fearing and pious. pious. On the other hand On the other hand they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

The wise man does not expose expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life knowing that under certain certain conditions it is not worth while worth while to live. He is of a disposition disposition to do men service, though he is ashamed ashamed to have a service done to him. To confer confer a kindness is a mark of superiority; to receive one is a mark of subordination... subordination... He does not take part take part in public displays... He is open in his dislikes and preferences; he talks and acts frankly, because of his contempt for men and things... He is never fired with admiration, admiration, since there is nothing great in his eyes. He cannot live in complaisance complaisance with others, except except it be a friend; complaisance complaisance is the characteristic characteristic of a slave... slave... He never feels malice, malice, and always forgets and passes over passes over injuries... He is not fond fond of talking... It is no concern concern of his that he should be praised, or that others should be blamed. blamed. He does not speak evil evil of others, even of his enemies, unless it be to themselves. His carriage is sedate, sedate, his voice deep, his speech measured; he is not given to hurry, hurry, for he is concerned concerned about only a few things; he is not prone prone to vehemence, vehemence, for he thinks nothing very important. A shrill shrill voice and hasty hasty steps come to a man through care... He bears bears the accidents accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of his circumstances, circumstances, like a skillful general who marshals marshals his limited forces with the strategy of war... He is his own best friend, and takes delight in takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue virtue or ability ability is his own worst enemy, and is afraid afraid of solitude. solitude.

Man is a goal seeking seeking animal. His life only has meaning meaning if he is reaching out reaching out and striving striving for his goals.

The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed heed to either.

With respect to the requirement of art, the probable probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.

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

The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later. later.

For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety piety requires us to honor the truth first.

It is absurd absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed ashamed of an inability inability to defend defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed ashamed of an inability inability to defend defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational rational speech is more distinctive distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.

Bad people...are in conflict conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting inhabiting two bodies.

In poverty and other misfortunes misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. refuge. The young they keep out keep out of mischief; mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite incite to noble deeds. deeds.

Choice not chance determines determines your destin

For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends. Wherefore, if he have not virtue, virtue, he is the most unholy and the most savage savage of animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony. But justice is the bond of men in states, and the administration of justice, which is the determination determination of what is just, is the principle of order in order in political society.

Tolerance Tolerance and apathy apathy are the last virtues virtues of a dying society.

Yes the truth is that men's ambition ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent frequent causes of deliberate deliberate acts of injustice.

Nature abhors abhors a vacuum.

Those who assert assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention mention them, but prove attributes attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothing about them. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate demonstrate in a special degree.

The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able able to attain the truth adequately, adequately, while, on the other hand on the other hand no one fails entirely, entirely, but everyone says something true about the nature of all things, and while individually they contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount amount is amassed. amassed.

Even that some people try deceived deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves deserves my trust.

We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal mortal to think mortal mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses surpasses all else.

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

Democracy arises out of the notion notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim claim to be absolutely absolutely equal.

It is impossible, or not easy, to alter alter by argument what has long been absorbed absorbed by habit

A beginning is that which does not itself follow anything by causal causal necessity, necessity, but after which something naturally is or comes to be. An end, on the contrary, contrary, is that which itself naturally follows some other thing, either by necessity, necessity, or as a rule, but has nothing following it. A middle is that which follows something as some other thing follows it. A well constructed plot, therefore, must neither begin nor end at haphazard, haphazard, but conform conform to these principles.

The legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth; for the neglect of education does harm to the constitution. The citizen should be molded to suit the form of government under which he lives For lives For each government has a peculiar peculiar character which originally formed and which continues to preserve preserve it. The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy oligarchy creates oligarchy. oligarchy.

When states are democratically governed according according to law, there are no demagogues, demagogues, and the best citizens are securely in the saddle; but where the laws are not sovereign, sovereign, there you find demagogues. demagogues. The people become a monarch... such people, in its role as a monarch, not being controlled by law, aims at aims at sole sole power and becomes like a master.

Anything whose presence or absence makes no discernible discernible difference is no essential essential part of the whole. whole.

The self indulgent indulgent man craves craves for all pleasant pleasant things... and is led by his appetite appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else.

Melancholy Melancholy men, of all others, are the most witty. witty.

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears bears great calamities calamities with cheerfulness, cheerfulness, not through insensibility insensibility but through greatness of mind.

A tyrant must put on the appearance appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects Subjects are less apprehensive apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider consider to be God fearing and pious. pious.

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