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Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist [more author details]
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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
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Aristotle, Eudemian Ethics
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 is utterly 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.
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Aristotle, Eudemos
Education is the best provision for old age.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Hope is a waking dream.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
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Aristotle, In Stobaeus, Florilegium
All men by nature desire knowledge.
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Aristotle, Metaphysics
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
One swallow does not make a summer.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
We make war that we may live in peace.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
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Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
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Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)
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