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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A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies

Nature does nothing uselessly.

No one loves the man whom he fears.

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

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

But Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect and Nature ever seeks an end.

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.

All that we do is done with an eye to something else.

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth, it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth no property and vulgar employment.

A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art.

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it

It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.

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.

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.

It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.

In practical matters, the end is not mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about virtue then, but we must endeavor to possess it and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make.

Happiness is a sort of action.

People generally despise where they flatter

Republics decline into democracies, and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

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