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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Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty - excusable perhaps when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable - should persist after the beauty was gone.

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently, but he is willing in great crises to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worth-while to live.

Evil draws men together.

Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

We cannot learn without pain

Dignity consists not in possessing honors but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Wit is cultured insolence.

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.

The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them, the prosperous need people to be kind to.

The mother of revolution and crime is poverty.

All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First have a definite clear practical ideal - a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve it.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing doing nothing and being nothing.

The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five, the mind is at its best about the age of forty-nine.

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way.

Art not only imitates nature but also completes its deficiencies.

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