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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle - Equality
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle - Courage
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle - Action
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle - Goals
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle - Lies and Lying
The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle - Soul
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle - Truth
Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle - Humankind
Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy. Aristotle - Anger
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty. Aristotle - Wit
Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle - Happiness
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle - Excellence
First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. Aristotle - Goals
Happiness is activity. Aristotle - Happiness
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, and so there will be no unity and completeness. Aristotle - Beauty
It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. Aristotle - Wonder
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way? that is not easy. Aristotle - Courage
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 - Parents and Parenting
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 - Soul
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Aristotle - Beauty
Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. Aristotle - Equality
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence. Aristotle - Happiness
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle - Discipline
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle - Love
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. Aristotle - Confidence
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle - Insanity
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. Aristotle - Politicians and Politics
Cruel is the strife of brothers. Aristotle - Family
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it. Aristotle - Responsibility
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. Aristotle - Action
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle - Character
Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. Aristotle - Crime and Criminals
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection Are that a thing is your own and that it is your only one. Aristotle - Affection
Bad men are full of repentance. Aristotle - Repentance
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle - Evil
We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace. Aristotle - Leisure
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle - Character
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. Aristotle - Achievement
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle - Poverty and The Poor
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle - Justice
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle - Happiness
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle - Poetry and Poets
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle - Pleasure
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle - Self-control
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous. Aristotle - Society
It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. Aristotle - Excellence
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. Aristotle - Freedom
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle - Genius
Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. Aristotle - Temperament
Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle - Life and Living
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle - Youth
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle - Education
The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate. Aristotle - Middle Class
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle - Habit
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. Aristotle - Action
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 - Punishment
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle - Cities and City Life
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle - Excellence
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle - Virtue
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet -- neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle - Moderation
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 - Crisis
Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle - Education
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. Aristotle - Dignity
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. Aristotle - Habit
It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken. Aristotle - Moderation
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle - Possibilities
Either a beast or a god. Aristotle - Humankind
The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle - Leisure
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle - Morality
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. Aristotle - Courage
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 - Anger
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle - Education
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. Aristotle - Empire
Without friends no one would choose to live. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle - Hope
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle - Love
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. Aristotle - Madness
A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle - Law and Lawyers
In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake. Aristotle - Revolutions
Well begun is half done. Aristotle - Action
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. Aristotle - Suffering
Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle - Hope
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 - Politicians and Politics
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle - Action
Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle - Memory
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle - Virtue
The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle - Humor
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 - Morality
The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. Aristotle - Tragedies
Most people would rather give than get affection. Aristotle - Affection
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle - Education
Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle - Wit
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle - Virtue
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle - Animals
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 - Equality
So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind. Aristotle - Men
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. Aristotle - Praise
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. Aristotle - Writers and Writing
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 - Education
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. Aristotle - Goodness
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. Aristotle - Revolutions
All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle - Nature
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. Aristotle - Truth
To the query, ''What is a friend?'' his reply was ''A single soul dwelling in two bodies.'' Aristotle - Friends and Friendship
For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches. Aristotle - Rebellion
Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle - Poetry and Poets
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle - Teachers and Teaching
They Young People have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else. Aristotle - Youth
Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle - Nature
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