How can a man know what is good or best for him, and yet chronically fail to act upon his knowledge?

Aristotle

Aristotle

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Greek

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Among people lacking self-restraint, those apt to be impulsive40 are better than those who are in possession of an argument [logos] but do not abide by it.

The proud man, then, is an extreme in respect of the greatness of his claims, but a mean in respect of the rightness of them; for he claims what is accordance with his merits, while the others go to excess or fall short.

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Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.

The student of politics must study the soul.

To say this, however, is not to claim that it was the object of theoretical study.

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