Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. He was Plato's student and Alexander the Great's tutor.
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Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends [mathematics] has been able to arise in Egypt the priestly caste there having the leisure neces
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members, but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it, from whence it is evident that the first care of him who would found a city truly deserving that name and not nominally so must be to have his citizens virtuous.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
No notice is taken of a little evil but when it increases it strikes the eye