Authors - Aristotle

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Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics. - Wikipedia

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Quote 222by Anonymous on 22/12/2010

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
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    Quote 418by Anonymous on 02/01/2011

    Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
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      Quote 492by Anonymous on 04/01/2011

      Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
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        Quote 627by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

        Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
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          Quote 651by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

          Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
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            Quote 662by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

            Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
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              Quote 689by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

              A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
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                Quote 939by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
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                  Quote 955by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                  If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
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                    Quote 957by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                    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.
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                      Quote 1114by Anonymous on 10/01/2011

                      The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.
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                        Quote 1201by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                        Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
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                          Quote 1229by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                          The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
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                            Quote 1242by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                            The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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                              Quote 1262by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                              Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
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                                Quote 1305by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
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                                  Quote 1327by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                  We make war that we may live in peace.
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                                    Quote 1548by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                    My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
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                                      Quote 1812by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                                      Hope is a waking dream.
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                                        Quote 1909by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                        Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
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                                          Quote 2038by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

                                          It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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                                            Quote 2512by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                                            Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
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                                              Quote 2564by Anonymous on 01/02/2011

                                              Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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                                                Quote 2592by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
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                                                  Quote 2649by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                  Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
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                                                    Quote 2689by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                    Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
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                                                      Quote 2740by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                      The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
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                                                      Quote 2753by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                      Bad men are full of repentance.
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                                                        Quote 2874by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                        The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
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                                                          Quote 2889by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                          Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty -- excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable -- should persist after the beauty was gone.
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                                                            Quote 2968by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                            No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
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                                                              Quote 3012by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                              It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
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                                                                Quote 3063by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                The secret to humor is surprise.
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                                                                  Quote 3065by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                  Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
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                                                                    Quote 3331by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                    One swallow does not make a summer.
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                                                                      Quote 3431by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                      What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
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                                                                        Quote 3521by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                        Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
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                                                                          Quote 3564by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                          The gods too are fond of a joke.
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                                                                            Quote 3579by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                            We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
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                                                                              Quote 3764by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                              Man is by nature a political animal.
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                                                                                Quote 3844by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
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                                                                                  Quote 4025by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                  Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
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                                                                                    Quote 4086by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                                                                    No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
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                                                                                      Quote 4103by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                                                                      Wit is educated insolence.
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                                                                                        Quote 4149by Anonymous on 15/02/2011

                                                                                        All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
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                                                                                          Quote 4432by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

                                                                                          Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
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                                                                                            Quote 4524by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                            It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
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                                                                                              Quote 4565by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                              Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
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                                                                                                Quote 4594by Anonymous on 24/02/2011

                                                                                                Nature does nothing uselessly.
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                                                                                                  Quote 4595by Anonymous on 24/02/2011

                                                                                                  Happiness depends upon ourselves.
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                                                                                                    Quote 4685by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                    In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
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                                                                                                      Quote 4695by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                      All men desire to know.
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                                                                                                        Quote 4704by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                        I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
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                                                                                                          Quote 4749by Anonymous on 27/02/2011

                                                                                                          Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
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                                                                                                            Quote 4821by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                            Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
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                                                                                                              Quote 4860by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                              Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
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                                                                                                                Quote 4935by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                                                                                                The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
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                                                                                                                  Quote 5087by Anonymous on 14/05/2011

                                                                                                                  Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
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                                                                                                                    Quote 5096by Anonymous on 16/05/2011

                                                                                                                    A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.
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                                                                                                                      Quote 5165by Anonymous on 28/05/2011

                                                                                                                      Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
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                                                                                                                        Quote 5321by Anonymous on 19/06/2011

                                                                                                                        He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
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                                                                                                                          Quote 5464by Anonymous on 04/07/2011

                                                                                                                          They should rule who are able to rule best.
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                                                                                                                            Quote 5539by Anonymous on 14/07/2011

                                                                                                                            It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
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                                                                                                                              Quote 5635by Anonymous on 05/08/2011

                                                                                                                              Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
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                                                                                                                                Quote 5684by Anonymous on 18/08/2011

                                                                                                                                The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
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                                                                                                                                  Quote 5743by Anonymous on 25/08/2011

                                                                                                                                  To perceive is to suffer.
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                                                                                                                                    Quote 6119by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                                                                                                                    We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
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                                                                                                                                      Quote 6178by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                                                                                                                      Law is mind without reason.
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                                                                                                                                        Quote 6180by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                                                                                                                        All men by nature desire knowledge.
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                                                                                                                                          Quote 6348by Anonymous on 18/09/2011

                                                                                                                                          In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
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                                                                                                                                            Quote 6377by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                                            A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
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                                                                                                                                              Quote 6409by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                                              Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
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                                                                                                                                                Quote 6471by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                                                Well begun is half done.
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                                                                                                                                                  Quote 6482by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                                                  Ask a deeply religious Christian if he'd rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don't seem so bad lately.
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                                                                                                                                                    Quote 6562by Anonymous on 28/09/2011

                                                                                                                                                    Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
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                                                                                                                                                      Quote 6658by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                                                                                                                                      With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
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                                                                                                                                                        Quote 6736by Anonymous on 06/10/2011

                                                                                                                                                        Education is the best provision for old age.
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                                                                                                                                                          Quote 7193by Anonymous on 27/10/2011

                                                                                                                                                          Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon.
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                                                                                                                                                            Quote 7533by Anonymous on 16/12/2011

                                                                                                                                                            In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
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                                                                                                                                                              Quote 7601by Anonymous on 28/12/2011

                                                                                                                                                              It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
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                                                                                                                                                                Quote 8834by Anonymous on 31/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                                Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
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                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 9865by Anonymous on 26/08/2012

                                                                                                                                                                  Evil draws men together.
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                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 10433by Anonymous on 03/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                    What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 10464by Anonymous on 06/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                      Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
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                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 10888by Anonymous on 07/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                                        It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
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                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 12454by Anonymous on 14/04/2013

                                                                                                                                                                          To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 12696by Anonymous on 12/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                            Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
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                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 12714by Anonymous on 14/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                              If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
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                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 12758by Anonymous on 17/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 12882by Anonymous on 30/05/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                  Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 12961by Anonymous on 05/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                    I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 12985by Anonymous on 07/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                      Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 13159by Anonymous on 24/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 13187by Anonymous on 26/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                          Happiness does not consist in self-love.
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 13219by Anonymous on 28/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                            A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 13429by Anonymous on 21/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                              Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 13654by Anonymous on 15/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 13695by Anonymous on 22/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                  To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 13839by Anonymous on 09/09/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 13871by Anonymous on 12/09/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 13960by Anonymous on 24/09/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Law is order, and good law is good order.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 13993by Anonymous on 03/10/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
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