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  Most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself, the most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may...meet with great misfortunes.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Beauty is the gift of God.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The mother of revolution and crime is poverty  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. You become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  No one loves the man whom he fears.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Hope is a waking dream.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  All men seek one goal: success or happiness.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All men by nature desire knowledge.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  A friend to all is a friend to none.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Philosophy is the science which considers truth  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act  
 -  Aristotle
  

  in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  The law is reason unaffected by desire.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  In cases of this sort, let us say adultery, rightness and wrongness do not depend on committing it with the right woman at the right time and in the right manner, but the mere fact of committing such action at all is to do wrong.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  All advancement in society begins with the development of the character of the young.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The weaker are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  The quality of life is determined by its activities.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Quality is not an act, it is a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Law is order, and good law is good order.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We make war that we may live in peace.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The desire for friendship comes quickly. Friendship does not.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Without friends no one would choose to live.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure  
 -  Aristotle
  

  In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  He who hath many friends hath none.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness depends upon ourselves.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wit is educated insolence.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form, but with regard to their mode of life.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Through discipline comes freedom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Law is order, and good law is good order.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Nature does nothing uselessly.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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 worth-while to live  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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.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
  

  All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The energy of the mind is the essence of life.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wit is well-bred insolence.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All men seek one goal : success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. 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
  

  Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All earthquakes and disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true, and usually do arrive at the truth.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The ultimate end of life is the development of character.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Nature abhors a vacuum.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth; for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

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

  No great mind has ever existed without some touch of madness.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The secret to humor is surprise.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We deliberate not about ends, but about means.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  To die will be an awfully big adventure.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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 -that is not easy.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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 is the best provision for the journey to old age.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  Law is order, and good law is good order.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All men by nature desire knowledge.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  We make war that we may live in peace.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The gods too are fond of a joke.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  All advancement in society begins with the development of the character of the young.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Through discipline comes freedom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form, but with regard to their mode of life.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The gods too are fond of a joke.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Hope is a waking dream.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The law is reason unaffected by desire.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Law is order, and good law is good order.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Quality is not an act, it is a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The quality of life is determined by its activities.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.  
 -  Aristotle Onassis
  

  If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.  
 -  Aristotle Onassis
  

  Most people would rather get than give affection  
 -  Aristotle
  

  When their adventures do not succeed, however, they run away; but it was the mark of a brave man to face things that are, and seem, terrible for a man, because it is noble to do so and disgraceful not to do so.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Adventure is worthwhile.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  To die will be an awfully big adventure.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may...meet with great misfortunes.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  Most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself, the most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Quality is not an act, it is a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  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
  

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

  Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.  
 -  Aristotle
  

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

  The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The mother of revolution and crime is poverty.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.  
 -  Aristotle