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PostSubject: Quotes by Aristotle   Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:37 pm

Most people would rather give than get affection. 
Aristotle 

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

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. 
Aristotle 

Nature does nothing in vain. 
Aristotle 

Nature does nothing uselessly. 
Aristotle 

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. 
Aristotle 

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

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. 
Aristotle 

No one loves the man whom he fears. 
Aristotle 

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. 
Aristotle 

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. 
Aristotle 

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. 
Aristotle 

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. 
Aristotle 

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. 
Aristotle 

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. 
Aristotle 

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. 
Aristotle 

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. 
Aristotle 

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. 
Aristotle 

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. 
Aristotle 

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. 
Aristotle 

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. 
Aristotle 

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. 
Aristotle 

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. 
Aristotle 

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

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. 
Aristotle 

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. 
Aristotle 

The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. 
Aristotle 

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. 
Aristotle 

The end of labor is to gain leisure. 
Aristotle 

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. 
Aristotle 

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

The gods too are fond of a joke. 
Aristotle 

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. 
Aristotle 

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. 
Aristotle 

The law is reason, free from passion. 
Aristotle 

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. 
Aristotle 

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. 
Aristotle 

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

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

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. 
Aristotle 

The secret to humor is surprise. 
Aristotle 

The soul never thinks without a picture. 
Aristotle 

The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal. 
Aristotle 

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

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

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. 
Aristotle 

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 worthwhile to live. 
Aristotle 

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. 
Aristotle 

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. 
Aristotle 

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. 
Aristotle 

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. 
Aristotle 

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. 
Aristotle 

This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. 
Aristotle 

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. 
Aristotle 

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. 
Aristotle 

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. 
Aristotle 

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. 
Aristotle 

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. 
Aristotle 

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

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. 
Aristotle 

We make war that we may live in peace. 
Aristotle 

We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one. 
Aristotle 

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. 
Aristotle 

Well begun is half done. 
Aristotle 

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. 
Aristotle 

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

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. 
Aristotle 

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. 
Aristotle 

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. 
Aristotle 

Wit is educated insolence. 
Aristotle 

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. 
Aristotle 

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. 
Aristotle 

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. 
Aristotle
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