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Greek Philosopher - Aristotle
born : Aristotle, Stageira, Chalcidice - 384 BC
famous for : Influenced Western thought , worked with Plato and Alexander the Great, and his philosophical ideas.
died : Chalcis, Euboea - 322BC


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Presumably to say that happiness is the supreme good seems a platitude, and some more distinctive account of it is still required. This might perhaps be achieved by grasping what is the function of man.. Is it likely that whereas joiners and shoemakers have certain functions or activities, man as such has none, but has been left by nature a functionless being?
Aristotle - Happy - Man

Men are good in one way, but bad in many.
Aristotle - Goodness - Bad - Man

It is evident that the city-state is a creation of nature, and that man is by nature a political animal.
Aristotle - People - Politics - Nature

The weaker are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.
Aristotle - Strength - Justice - Equality - Weakness

Tragedy is a representation of action that is worthy of serious attention, complete in itself and of some magnitude - bringing about by means of pity and fear the purging of such emotions.
Aristotle - Emotion - Tragedy - Pity - Fear

The soul is characterised by these capacities: self-nutrition, sensation, thinking and movement.
Aristotle - Soul - Thinking

Suppose that a tool, e.g., an axe, were a natural body, then being an axe would have been its essence, and so its soul; if this dissapeared from it, it would have ceased to be an axe, except in name.
Aristotle - Soul

Thought, as we have so far described it, is what it is by virtue of becoming all things, while there is another which is what it is by virtue of making all things: this is a sort of positive state like light; for in a sense light makes potential colours into actual colours.
Aristotle - Thinking - Light - Color

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
Aristotle - Impossible - Possible

To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.
Aristotle - Confusing - Truth - Falseness

The origin of action - its effecient, not its final cause - is choice, and that of choice is desire and reasoning with a view to an end. This is why choice cannot exist either without thought and intellect or without a moral state; for good action and its opposite cannot exist without a combination of intellect and character. Intellect itself, however, moves nothing, but only the intellect which aims at an end and is practical.
Aristotle - Action - Choice - Intelligence

The good person is related to his friend as to himself (for his friend is another self).
Aristotle - Goodness - Friendship - Man



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