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Aristotle

Aristotle 384-322 BC
Greek philosopher and Polymath, taught by Plato and taught Alexander the Great, founded the Aristotelian tradition
                 
                 
                   

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

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

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Education is the best provision for old age.

Nature does nothing in vain

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

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.

We make war that we may live in peace.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

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

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

Well begun is half done.

In all things of nature there’s something of the marvelous.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.

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

The law is reason, free from passion.

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

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

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies: for the hardest victory is over self.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Bad men are full of repentance.

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produced them, for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.

Therefore the good of man must be the end of the science of politics

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

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

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

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

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

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects, because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.

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

          

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