Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Aristotle (384-322 BC -

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments. - Aristotle, Rhetoric, Independency

All men by nature desire to know.-Aristotle

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient -- Aristotle

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms. -Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.- Aristotle

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.-Aristotle

It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it. - Aristotle

Man is by nature a political animal.- Aristotle

The bad man is continually at war with, and in opposition to, himself. - Aristotle

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middleclass. -Aristotle

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it.-Aristotle (384-322 BC)(Quoted in Jean Guitton's _A Student's Guide to Intellectual Work_ [1951]

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

Thinking is sometimes injurious to health. - Aristotle

We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea. - Aristotle

We cannot learn without pain. - Aristotle

Wicked men obey from fear, good men, from love.- Aristotle

Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle (284-322 B.C.)

The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars. -Aristotle, _Poetics_, 22, 1459a 5-7



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