Aristotle

Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. He was Plato's student and Alexander the Great's tutor.

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Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity.

Wicked men obey out of fear, good men out of love.

Men create gods after their own image not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.

One swallow does not make a spring nor does one fine day.

Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil, and if they cannot feel they have lost their liberty.

He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.

Adventure is worthwhile.

The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

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

The man with a host of friends, who slaps on the back everybody he meets, is regarded as the friend of nobody.

They should rule who are able to rule best.

To perceive is to suffer.

I say that habit is but a long practice, friend, and this becomes men's nature in the end.

Politicians also have no leisure because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory or happiness.

The best friend is the man who, in wishing me well, wishes it for my sake.

So it is naturally with the male and the female, the one is superior the other inferior, the one governs the other is governed, and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.

This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects, for it redoubleth joys and cutteth griefs in half.

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