For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends.
(384 BC – 322 BC) Greek philospher. A student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great
Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.
That which belongs to everyone belongs to no one
What is common to many is least taken care of, for all men have greater regard for what is their own than what they possess in common with others.
The greatest inequality
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
Preferring the ‘other’
Another mark of a tyrant is that he likes foreigners better than citizens, and lives with them and invites them to his table; for the one are enemies, but the Others enter into no rivalry with him.
The false premise of democracy
Democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
Majority vs. minority
If the majority distributes among itself the things of a minority, it is evident that it will destroy the city.