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384 BC – 322 BC; Aristotle was born in Stagira, Chalcidice – his father is the only notable figure in his life, Nicomachus, who was the physician to the current king. He was raised among royals, and got a taste for higher thinking. When he was eighteen he went for schooling in Athens at Plato's legendary academy. Aristotle thought highly of the academy – so highly that he stayed there for the next twenty years. At the academy (and beyond), Aristotle studied most everything under the sun – from anatomy and zoology to psychology and politics, Aristotle sought to know all. He made significant contributions to most of the areas he studied, which set him in history as an amazing scholar and adept philosopher. Sadly, at this point Aristotle’s life, history is inconclusive as to what occurred. We know that Aristotle's works have been preserved better than the history of his personal life. Still, not many of his written works have survived the years – some of those that have survived are Poetics, Physics, Metaphysics, Politics, and De Anima (which means On the Soul). His time spent speaking in Athens and abroad earned him titles such as "The First Teacher" by the Muslims, and he was even able to establish his own library. While Aristotle became a tutor for Alexander the Great, it was well-known that the two held animosity towards one another. After years of tutoring, Alexander suspected  treason and plots of murder against himself. Aristotle feared for his life, as he assumed Alexander would send assassins against him, and fled to his mother's home. There, a few years later, he died of natural causes.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the
mind next to honor.
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.
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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Aristotle

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
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Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.
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Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
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Hope is a waking dream.
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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.
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All men seek one goal: success or happiness.
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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.
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All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle

A friend to all is a friend to none.
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.
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Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right
time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power
and that is not easy.
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There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
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The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.
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Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
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The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act
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.
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Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
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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.
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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.
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The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
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Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is
the worst of all.
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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.
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All advancement in society begins with the development of the character of the young.
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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.
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