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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When the storytelling in a culture goes bad, the result is decadence.

It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it.

Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once.

In revolutions the occasions may be trifling, but great interest are at stake.

Melancholy men are, of all others, the most witty.

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.

To learn is a natural pleasure not confined to philosophers, but common to all men.

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

To the query ''What is a friend?'' his reply was ''A single soul dwelling in two bodies.''

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast.

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.

Most people would rather get than give affection

At his best man is the noblest of all animals, separated from law and justice he is the worst.

In poverty and other misfortunes of life true friends are a sure refuge.

The more you own the more you know you don't own.

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