Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts

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Hogwarts Emeritus Faculty

THAIES (circa 624–546 B.C.E.)

“Know thyself.”

LAO TZU (circa 604 B.C.E.)

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

CONFUCIUS (circa 551–479 B.C.E.)

“The man of wisdom is never in two minds about right and wrong; the man of benevolence never worries about the future; the man of courage is never afraid.”

BUDDHA (560–480 B.C.E.)

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

SOCRATES (470–399 B.C.E.)

“I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can.” Plato (428/7348/7 B.C.E.)

“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

ARISTOTLE (384–322 B.C.E.)

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

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