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Aristotle: Sayings and Quotes

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.

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Nature of man is not what he was born as, but what he is born for.

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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.

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Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.

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The 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.

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

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The more you know, the more you know you don't know.

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Happiness is a quality of the soul ... not a function of one's material circumstances.

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Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved.

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The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning.

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It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.

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

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

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He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

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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.

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No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.

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Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.

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

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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.

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Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do.

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One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one, which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed.

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The intelligence consists not only in the knowledge but also in the skill to apply the knowledge into practice.

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The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.

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Through discipline comes freedom.

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Before you heal the body you must first heal the mind.

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The quality of life is determined by its activities.

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

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The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it.

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The hardest victory is the victory over self.

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It would be wrong to put friendship before the truth.

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Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it.

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We are what we frequently do.

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It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized.

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

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The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.

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That which is impossible and probable is better than that which is possible and improbable.

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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.

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Character is revealed through action.

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Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God.

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

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Beauty is the gift of God.

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Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible.

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The honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.

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Art is a higher type of knowledge than experience.

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One who faces and who fears the right things and from the right motive, in the right way and at the right time, posseses character worthy of our trust and admiration.

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What we expect, that we find.

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Nature does nothing in vain. Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents, in order to be content and complete.

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Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

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The brave man, if he be compared with the coward, seems foolhardy; and, if with the foolhardy man, seems a coward.

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If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.

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

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The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

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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 worthwhile to live.

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Fortune favours the bold.

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The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest.

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But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul.

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It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.

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Without virtue it is difficult to bear gracefully the honors of fortune.

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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue.

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Every virtue is a mean between two extremes, each of which is a vice.

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It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

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Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules.

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We make war that we may live in peace.

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Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend.

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He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

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Nature operates in the shortest way possible.

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The first principle of all action is leisure.

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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.

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A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher.

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Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.

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Everyone honors the wise.

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The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an event.

Read more about interesting historical figures in the collection "Tradition of Warriors and Sages" by A. R. Basov

 

 

 




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