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Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

Αριστοτέλης (Aristotelēs; Aristotle) (384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was a Greek thinker and scientist.

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  • "He who has overcome his fears will truly be free."[1]    
Simple: Someone who does not let fear stop him will really be free.
  • "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies."[2]
Simple: Someone who does not let his desires stop him seems to me to have a stronger mind (less fear) than someone who does not let his enemies stop him.
  • "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."[3]    
Simple: In every thing of nature, there is something to make a person wonder and feel good.
  • "Misfortune shows those who are not really friends."[4]
Simple: When a person has bad luck, the person finds out which of their friends are not really friends.
  • "How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms."[5]
Simple: It is a large number of arguments that the people arguing could have made smaller into just a small number of sentences, if they had not been afraid to take the words they were using and explain the meaning of each word.


  1. Motivational Quotes and Inspirational Quotes by Aristotle
  2. Florilegium, Joannes Stobaeus
  3. Parts of Animals
  4. Eudemian Ethics
  5. Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our time by Laurence J. Peter. Bantam books, 1977. p. 24.

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