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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Plato is dear to me but dearer still is truth.

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.

Men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true and usually do arrive at the truth.

Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.

Law is mind without reason.

The secret to humor is surprise.

Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues.

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth but a reproach to old age.

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Bad men are full of repentance.

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior.

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

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

The search for truth is in one way hard, and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.

Beauty is the gift of God.

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.

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he has all other goods.

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

Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money, or killed by their courage.

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