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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We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.

What we have to learn to do we learn by doing.

After a certain point money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people and therefore deprive them of their arms.

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control and outnumbers both of the other classes.

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation, rather than upon mere survival.

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then like archers aiming at a definite mark we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity and a provision in old age.

Those that know do. Those that understand teach.

The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.

Our characters are a result of our conduct.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.

Religion is lovable because it is loved. Philosophy is loved because it is lovable.

We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means.

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