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Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist [more author details]
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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Aristotle
The gods too are fond of a joke.
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Aristotle
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
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Aristotle
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
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To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
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Aristotle
To perceive is to suffer.
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Aristotle
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Aristotle
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
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Aristotle, 'Nicomachean Ethics'
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
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Aristotle, 'Nicomachean Ethics,' 325 B.C.
Evil brings men together.
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Aristotle, (attributed)
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
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Aristotle, Eudemian Ethics
Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon.
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Aristotle, Eudemos
Education is the best provision for old age.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Hope is a waking dream.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
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Aristotle, In Stobaeus, Florilegium
All men by nature desire knowledge.
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Aristotle, Metaphysics
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
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