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What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. ...
by Aristotle

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

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

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle PHOTO

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
- Aristotle

 

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle

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

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Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

In the arena of human life,
the honors and rewards fall to those
who show their good qualities in action.
- 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

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

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth,
but a reproach to old age.
- Aristotle

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

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

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

Change in all things is sweet.
- Aristotle

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

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

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
- Aristotle

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

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

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

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
- Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream.
- Aristotle

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are
always aiming at something beyond political life itself,
power and glory, or happiness.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
- Aristotle

Well begun is half done.
- Aristotle

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

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
- Aristotle

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

The law is reason, free from passion.
- Aristotle

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

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
- Aristotle

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
- Aristotle

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more
affection than she feels.
- Aristotle

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
- Aristotle

Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle

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

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel,
but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
- Aristotle

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is
whole and complete and of a certain magnitude.
A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
- Aristotle

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

No one loves the man whom he fears.
- Aristotle

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

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
- Aristotle

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day,
so is the reason in our soul to the things which are
by nature most evident of all.
- Aristotle

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.
- Aristotle

Education is the best provision for old age.
- Aristotle

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

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

The gods too are fond of a joke.
- Aristotle

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.
- Aristotle

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
- Aristotle

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

Man is by nature a political animal.
- Aristotle

The most perfect political community is one in which
the middle class is in control,
and outnumbers both of the other classes.
- Aristotle

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

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

He who hath many friends hath none.
- 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

It is not once nor twice but times without number that
the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
- Aristotle

He who can be, and therefore is, another's,
and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend,
but not to have, is a slave by nature.
- Aristotle

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- Aristotle

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

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest
every act in life as though it were thy last.
- Aristotle


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