Aristotle

one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)

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Wit is educated insolence.Rate it:
Change in all things is sweet.Rate it:
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.Rate it:
The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.Rate it:
To love someone is to identify with them.Rate it:
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.Rate it:
A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.Rate it:
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.Rate it:
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.Rate it:
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.Rate it:
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoidsRate it:
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.Rate it:
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.Rate it:
Hope is a waking dream.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.Rate it:
Law is order, and good law is good order.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.Rate it:
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.Rate it:
The gods too are fond of a joke.Rate it:
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.Rate it:
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.Rate it:
Well begun is half done.Rate it:
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.Rate it:
We are what we repeatedly do.Rate it:
Man is by nature a political animal.Rate it:
What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.Rate it:
All men by nature desire knowledge.Rate it:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.Rate it:
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.Rate it:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.Rate it:
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.Rate it:
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.Rate it:
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.Rate it:
All proofs rest on premises.Rate it:
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.Rate it:
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.Rate it:
The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.Rate it:
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.Rate it:
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.Rate it:
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.Rate it:
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.Rate it:
Happiness depends upon ourselves.Rate it:
Happiness is a state of activity.Rate it:
What is a friend A single soul dwelling in two bodies.Rate it:
To perceive is to suffer.Rate it:
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.Rate it:
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.Rate it:
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.Rate it:
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.Rate it:
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.Rate it:
...happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it...Rate it:
A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.Rate it:
A friend is a second self.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.Rate it:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.Rate it:
Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.Rate it:
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.Rate it:
Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.Rate it:
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.Rate it:
Education and morals will be found almost the whole that goes to make a good man.Rate it:
Education is the best provision for old age.Rate it:
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.Rate it:
Evil draws men together.Rate it:
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.Rate it:
Friendship is essentially a partnership.Rate it:
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.Rate it:
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victort is the victory over self.Rate it:
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
In poverty and other misfortunes of life men think friends to be their only refuge. The young they keep out of mischief, to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.Rate it:
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.Rate it:
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.Rate it:
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.Rate it:
It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.Rate it:
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.Rate it:
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.Rate it:
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.Rate it:
It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.Rate it:
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.Rate it:
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.Rate it:
Law is mind without reason.Rate it:
Let us be well persuaded that everyone of us possesses happiness in proportion to his virtue and wisdom, and according as he acts in obedience to their suggestion.Rate it:
Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in imitation is universal.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.Rate it:
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.Rate it:
Nature does nothing uselessly.Rate it:
No man of high and generous spirit is ever willing to indulge in flattery; the good may feel affection for others, but will not flatter them.Rate it:
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.Rate it:
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.Rate it:
One swallow does not make a summer.Rate it:
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.Rate it:
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.Rate it:
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.Rate it:
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.Rate it:
The gods too are fond of a jokeRate it:
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.Rate it:
The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.Rate it:
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.Rate it:
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.Rate it:
The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain.Rate it:
The soul never thinks without a picture.Rate it:
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.Rate it:
The wicked have no stability, for they do not remain in consistency with themselves; they continue friends only for a short time, rejoicing in each other?s wickedness.Rate it:
They should rule who are able to rule best.Rate it:
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.Rate it:
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.Rate it:
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.Rate it:
Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. Thus, there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.Rate it:
Time crumbles things everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.Rate it:
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.Rate it:
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.Rate it:
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.Rate it:
To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.Rate it:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.Rate it:
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act by a habit.Rate it:
We make war that we may live in peace.Rate it:
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.Rate it:
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.Rate it:
Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.Rate it:
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.Rate it:
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.Rate it:
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.Rate it:
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.Rate it:

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