Aristotle

384 - 322 BC

A Quote by Aristotle on peace and war

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We make war that we might live in peace.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on excellence

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on desires and present

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on friendship

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on citizenship and good

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Nicomachean Ethics

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A Quote by Aristotle on audiences, education, popularity, and simplicity

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Rhetoric

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A Quote by Aristotle on democracy and men

Democracy [is] when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Politics

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A Quote by Aristotle on action, crime, existence, nobility, politics, and society

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.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Politics

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, argument, body, chance, day, doubt, evolution, food, losing, nature, necessity, and purpose

The evolution of species was the subject of conjecture long before Darwin's day. Here Aristotle attributes to Empedocles an evolutionary doctrine strikingly reminiscent of natural selection: "Empedocles says that the greater part of the members of animals were generated by chance . . . What, then, hinders but that the parts in Nature may also thus arise [from necessity]? For instance, that the teeth should arise from necessity, the front teeth sharp and adapted to divide the food, the molars broad and adapted to breaking the food into pieces. It may be said that they were not made for this purpose, but that this purposive arrangement came about by chance; and the same reasoning is applied to other parts of the body in which subsistence for some purpose is apparent. And it is argued that where all things happened as if they were made for some purpose, being aptly united by chance, these were preserved, but such as were not aptly made, these were lost and still perish, according to what Empedocles says concerning the bull species with human heads. This, therefore, and similar reasoning, may lead some to doubt on this subject."

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Physics, Fourth Century B.C.

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A Quote by Aristotle on divinity, excellence, thinking, and thought

It is of itself that the divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Metaphysics, book XII

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