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Aristotle (384 BCE - March 7, 322 BCE) was an ancient Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote on diverse subjects, including physics, poetry, biology and zoology, logic, rhetoric, politics and government, and ethics. Along with Socrates and Plato, Aristotle was one of the most influential of ancient Greek philosophers. They transformed Presocratic Greek philosophy into the foundations of Western philosophy as we know it. Some consider Plato and Aristotle to have founded two of the most important schools of Ancient philosophy; others consider Aristotelianism as a development and concretization of Plato's insights. more

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
Hope is a waking dream.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
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.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
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.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Most people would rather give than get affection.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
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.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
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.
Education is the best provision for old age.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
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.
It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
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.
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.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Wit is educated insolence.
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
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.
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
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.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Happiness is a sort of action.
Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
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.