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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 384 BC
Date of Death: 322 BC




 

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What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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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.
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Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
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Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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Well begun is half done.
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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.
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I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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Hope is the dream of a waking man.
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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
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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.
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The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
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Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
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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.
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In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
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Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
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We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
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It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
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Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
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The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
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If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
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Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
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