• Acted: 4th Century BC
  • Lived: 384-322 BC
  • School: Peripatetic
  • Main Interests: Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics, Science, Cosmology
  • Influences: Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato
  • Location: Athens

Quotes

Love means that someone desires for another, anything he believes good for the other and not for himself and that he also does everything in his hand so that the other can have it all.

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Ῥητορική, Β, 4

Rhetoric is useful because truth and justice are in their nature stronger than their opposites.

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Ῥητορική, Α, 1

Since things don’t turn out as we expect, we should accept them as they are.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 53

The master is in need of the slave, and the slave of the master.

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Ἠθικὰ Εὐδήμεια , 1239b

He who harms the others harms himself.

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Ῥητορική, Γ, 9

The prize of virtue is the honor bestowed upon the righteous.

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Ηθικά Νικομάχεια, 1123b

The most difficult thing in life is to keep silent about things you shouldn’t talk about.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΑ, 8

It seems that unjust is the outlaw, the greedy, and he who does not desire equality.

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Ἡθικά Νικομάχεια, 1129a

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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Πολιτικά, 1253a

The greatest injustices are committed by excessive desires, and not for the acquisition of necessities.

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Πολιτικά, 1267a

The perfect justice would be for someone to suffer what he did to others.

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Ἠθικὰ Νικομάχεια, 1132b

All the people were created free by God, none of us was created a slave by nature.

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Ῥητορική, Α, 13

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

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Πολιτικά, 1317a

Hope is the dream of a wakeful man.

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 18

Incontinent men desire vulgar pleasures because reason doesn’t pose any obstacles to them.

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Περὶ Ἀρετῶν καὶ Κακιῶν

The beginning is half of the whole.

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Ἡθικὰ Νικομάχεια, 1098b

When asked why love is related to beauty, he replied: "This question is obviously asked by a blind man".

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΞΕ, 14

Οne swallow does not bring the spring, nor does one beautiful day. Similarly, one day, or a short time, does not make a man blissful and happy.

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Ἠθικά Νικομάχεια, 1098a

Well-being is impossible when you avoid doing good to others.

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Πολιτικά, 1323b

Happiness is absent from the wealthy people but not from the peaceful ones.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 54

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

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 19

Education is necessary for three reasons: the spirit, the learning, and the practicing.

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 19

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

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 19

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 19

The rank will reveal a man's character.

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Ἠθικά Νικομάχεια, 1130a

No one accuses unshapely people by birth, but only those who became that way through lack of exercise and neglect of their body.

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Ἡθικά Νικομάχεια, 1114a

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

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Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ε, 20

Envy is the sadness we feel when we look upon the happiness of our peers.

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Ῥητορική, Β, 9

Proving the obvious resembles trying to light the sun with an oil lamp.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Δ, 87

What is a human? A model of weakness, a loot of circumstance, a game of luck, a transitioning image, a weighing scale of envy and woe, and what remains: phlegm and bile!

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ϟΗ, 60

It contributes more to happiness possessing less rather than possessing a lot and be envied. This life is more pleasant.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ϟΔ, 16

An evil destiny is impossible to be avoided.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΙΗ, 22

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

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΞΕ, 11

Anything that happens in a state of rage is abandoned by reason as if rage was a cruel tyrant.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Κ, 47

Like smoke who blinds the eyes and doesn’t allow us to see what is in front of us, similarly anger, when flares up, darkens reason and does not allow thinking to prevent anything inappropriate.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Κ, 55

Those who are wise and have authority should strive to be admired not for their office, but for their virtues, so that when things change they will continue to be praised as before.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΕ, 18

The majority of political unrest in cities is due to ambition. For the glory of high office is sought after not at random, but by the most powerful people.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΕ, 21

Sorrow is not the greatest evil that follows envy, it is the fact that envy is also turned against friends. Vulgarity and corruption should be considered as more terrible evils than sorrow.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΛΗ, 37