Nothing moves without having been moved.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

Nothing moves without having been moved. Aristotle

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Hope is the dream of a waking man.

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.

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