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    Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

    A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

    AristotleA friend is a second self.

    AristotleAll human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit,

    reason, passion, and desire.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Actions]

    All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Work]

    All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

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

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Dignity]

    Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

    AristotleHappiness depends upon ourselves.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Happiness]

    Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear railleryis suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Humor]

    It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Justice]

    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Education]

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    It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Quotations]

    Law is mind without reason.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Laws]

    Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he liveswithout law, and without justice.

    AristotleMen acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just byperforming just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave

    actions.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Actions]

    One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief timeof happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

    AristotlePleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Work]

    Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Revolution] [Poverty]

    The gods too are fond of a joke.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [God]

    The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed,prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

    AristotleThe only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Equality]

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

    Aristotle

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    To perceive is to suffer.

    Aristotle- More quotations on: [Suffering]

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

    AristotleYoung people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are

    growing.

    Aristotle, 'Nicomachean Ethics'- More quotations on: [Age] [Youth]

    It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

    Aristotle, 'Nicomachean Ethics,' 325 B.C.Evil brings men together.

    Aristotle, (attributed)

    - More quotations on: [Evil]Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

    Aristotle,Eudemian Ethics

    - More quotations on: [Friendship]Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you

    the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing isutterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second

    best thing for you is: to die soon.

    Aristotle,EudemosEducation is the best provision for old age.

    Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives ofEminent Philosophers

    - More quotations on: [Education]Hope is a waking dream.

    Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives ofEminent Philosophers

    - More quotations on: [Dreams] [Hope]I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from

    fear of the law.

    Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives ofEminent Philosophers- More quotations on: [Laws]

    Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

    Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives ofEminent Philosophers- More quotations on: [Lies]

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    Aristotle,Nichomachean Ethics

    - More quotations on: [Friendship]In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.

    Aristotle,Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

    Aristotle,Parts ofAnimals- More quotations on: [Nature]

    Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten throughthe lapse of Time.

    Aristotle,Physics

    A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutualcrime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not

    of mere companionship.

    Aristotle,PoliticsAgain, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

    Aristotle,Politics

    - More quotations on: [Desire]Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

    Aristotle,Politics

    - More quotations on: [Laws]He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must

    be either a beast or a god.

    Aristotle,PoliticsIf liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be

    best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Democracy] [Equality]

    It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Desire]

    Law is order, and good law is good order.

    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Laws]

    Man is by nature a political animal.

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    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Politics]

    Nature does nothing uselessly.

    Aristotle,Politics

    - More quotations on: [Nature]The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Freedom]

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

    Aristotle,Politics- More quotations on: [Community]

    They should rule who are able to rule best.

    Ar

    istotle,PoliticsWell begun is half done.

    Aristotle,Politics (quoting a proverb)

    A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

    Aristotle, RhetoricA whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.

    Aristotle, Rhetoric

    Evil draws men together.

    Aristotle, Rhetoric- More quotations on: [Evil]

    It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressingpopular audiences.

    Aristotle, Rhetoric

    - More quotations on: [Simplicity]

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