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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They [Young People] have exalted notions because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations, moreover their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things / and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning / all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything / they love too much hate too much and the same with everything else.

Our account does not rob mathematicians of their science by disproving the actual existence of the infinite in the direction of increase in the sense of the untraceable. In point of fact they do not need the infinite and do not use it. They postula

To be successful keep looking tanned live in an elegant building (even if you're in the cellar) be seen in smart restaurants (even if you only nurse one drink) and if you borrow borrow big.

Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones.

The generality of men are naturally swayed more by fear than by reverence and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness

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.

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.

Revolutions are not about trifles but they spring from trifles

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.

Men come together in cities in order to live: they remain together in order to live the good life.

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

A whole is that which has beginning middle and end.

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Either a beast or a god.

The virtue of justice consists in moderation as regulated by wisdom.

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice, and while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

The law is reason free from passion

People become house builders through building houses harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just.

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