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Aristotle Quotes


Ancient Greek philosopher, scientist and writer. He laid the foundations of scientific and logical inquiry.
(384 BC - 322 BC)

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A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
 

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

A friend is a second self.
 

A friend to all is a friend to none.
 

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
 

A king ruleth as he ought; a tyrant as he lists; a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few.
[Tyranny]
 

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
 

A man is the origin of his actions
 

A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
 

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

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
[Action]
 

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
[Bodies]
 

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
[Against]
 

A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
 

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

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
 

All men by nature desire knowledge.
[Knowledge]
 

All men seek one goal: success or happiness.
[Goals]
 

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
 

All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.
 


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