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” Well begun is half done.” Aristotle
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Happy New Year everyone! Let’s celebrate the arrival of 2012 in style and with great expectations for an amazing new chapter with lots of love, joy, prosperity, great health and world peace!
Let’s all be grateful for our blessings – I am!
I have so much to share with you this coming year! xoxoS
NOTE: Please see my previous post about the majestic snow leopard and how we can create awareness to support these beauties in danger of extinction. For additional information please visit www.snowleopard.com
The purity of white snow is so welcoming this time of the year! Nature at its best! (I can’t help it but mixing in a little bit of glamour with my all time favorite glamour icon Elizabeth Taylor while introducing you to my new favorite obsession the majestic beauty, the snow leopard and the inspiration for my new designs. Please see my earlier posts about Charlie from Gossip Girl in the episode RHODES TO PERDITION wearing a necklace… More about my new collection coming soon.)
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Aristotle is one of the “big three” in ancient Greek philosophy along with Plato and Socrates. Socrates tought Plato who in turn instructed Aristotle, who eventually became the teacher of the famous pupil Alexander the Great of Macedon.
Aristotle (Greek Aristoteles) was born at 384 BC at Stragira Mecedon. He was a Greek philosopher and polymath – his writings cover many subjects including metaphysics, physics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates, Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. His writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy encompassing morality, and aesthetics, logic, and science, politics and metaphysics.
Aristotle was invited by Philip II of Macedon to become the tutor to his son Alexander the Great in 343 BC. He was appointed as the head of the royal academy of Macedon – during that time he gave lessons not only to Alexander, but also to two other future kings of Macedon: Ptolemy and Cassander.
In his Politics, Aristotle states that only one thing could justify monarchy, and that was if the virtue of the king and his family were greater than the virtue of the rest of the citizens put together. Aristotle wrote many dialogues, but, only fragments have survived. Some of the most important works that survived are, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, De Anima (On the Soul) and Politics. He not only studied almost every subject possible at the time, but made significant contributions to most of them. In physical science, Aristotle studied anatomy, astronomy, embryology, geography, geology, meteorology, physics and zoology. In philosophy, he wrote on aesthetics, ethics, government, metaphysics, politics, economics, philosophy, rhetoric and theology. He also studied education, foreign customs, literature and poetry. His combined works constitute a virtual encyclopedia of Greek knowledge.
It has been suggested that Aristotle was probably the last person to know everything there was to be known in his own time.
Here are some of Aristotle’s most famous quotes:
We are what we repeatedly do.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Law is mind without reason.
We make war so we can live in peace.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
All human actions have one or more or these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion and desire.
We must as second best…take the least of the evils.
A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
Hope is a waking dream.
Well begun is half done.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
They should rule who are able to rule best.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have use it.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
One swallow does not make a summer.
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.
Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
To perceive is to suffer.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way…you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Dignity consists not in possessing honor, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
Aristotle inspired and encouraged Alexander the Great toward eastern conquest, and his attitude towards Persia was unabashedly ethnocentric. In one famous example, he counsels Alexander to be a leader to the Greeks and a despot to the barbarians, to look after the former as after friends and relatives, and to deal with the latter as with beasts and plants. Alexander’s reply was his famous quote:
I am not interested in the descendance of the citizens or their racial origins. I classify them using one criterion: their virtue. For me every virtuous foreigner is a Greek and every evil Greek worse than a barbarian.
How Great was Alexander the Great!
Near the end of Alexander’s life, Alexander began to suspect plots against himself, and threatened Aristotle in letters. Aristotle had made no secret of his contempt for Alexander’s pretense of divinity, and the king had executed Aristotle’s grandnephew Callisthenes as a traitor. A widespread tradition in antiquity suspected Aristotle of playing a role in Alexander’s death, but there is little evidence for this.
Aristotle’s contribution to us is priceless…and Alexander’s achievements were enchanced and fueled by his great teachings and wisdom. Knowledge is power!
I rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander the Great King of Macedon
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I will be back with more details about the Alexander the Great Charity I am trying to create whose objective is to enhance education to everyone especially young men and women.
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GOSSIP GIRL – STYLE NEWS
The stunning Serena van der Woodsen [Blake Lively] another one of my favorite goddesses [please see previous posts on goddess Athena and goddess Nike] was spotted last night on Gossip Girl wearing earrings from my current Fall ’11 jewelry collection! And she looked gorgeous…like a modern-day goddess. I am very happy! What an honor. Thank you Gossip Girl!
Thank you Serena for looking so beautiful!
I will let the images below do the talking.
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Will be back soon with more…xoxoS
COCO CHANEL – The “goddess” patron of fashion, style, perfume, jewelry and Paris! The original mother of all designers past and present, Karl Lagerfeld’s mother as well…
When the immortal COCO CHANEL, the original “goddess of Parisian fashion” speaks, we mortal fashion people/worshipers listen:
“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” This is a fact!
“Adornment, what a science. Beauty, what a weapon. Modesty, what elegance.” Fashion rule No one.
Every word counts to me, its like Ancient Greek philosophy, but in this case, its “Chanel” philosophy. The “fashion goddess” has spoken in her lifetime with her major accomplishments and some wise words of wisdom:
” A girl should be two things: Classy and glamorous.” How wise!!!
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” How true!
“Iam not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie. I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.” I totally agree with this one…
“How many cares does one looses when one decides not to be something, but someone.” How very true…
“I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And its best to be pretty as possible with destiny.” Coco is right again…it happened to me…I met the love of my life feeling great…
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” Yes! I agree with this one as well. Who needs fakes? [That includes people as well.]
“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work and there is time for love. That leaves no other time.” Must I say more? Fashion rule No two!
“Great love too must be endured.” I know…it must…We all need a great love. Fashion rule No three!
“If a man talks bad about all women it really means he was burned by one woman.” Yes. It makes total sense…however, not all women are alike…
“A woman who does not wear perfume has no future.” A very true statement. Take it from Coco. That is Coco Chanel, the creator of Chanel No 5! Do not question this statement. Just take the chic advice! From a French woman…
“Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.” Yes. There has to be more depth, more substance…a personality… Coco was right… Fashion rule No four!
“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” Unless it is CHANEL…
“One cannot be forever innovative. I wanted to create classics.” Yes, timeless CHANEL! Always in fashion.
“The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you.” Yes! Black!
“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it’s not luxury.” A very famous Italian fashion editor said recently, “If it’s not uncomfortable, you don’t get the look.” This is a topic for debate…
“Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” I get it…the woman creates “the look!”
“There have been several duchesses of Westminster, but there is one Coco Chanel.” I get it! Coco chose fame and glory…eternal fashion glory…
“Elegance is refusal.”…in order to become unforgettable…
“It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” My philosophy as well and the reason I work in the glamorous, enchanting, seductive world of fashion.
“My friends, there are no friends.” I disagree…
“As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.” I don’t know about that. As far as I know, you always have yourself…it can not be taken away from you, unless, you give it away…and you don’t want to do that!
“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything.” This one is cute! [No disrespect to men.]
“A woman has the age she deserves.” My favorite!
“My life didn’t please me, so I created my life.” My absolute favorite and fashion rule No five! [like CHANEL No5]
I will be back with more Coco Chanel “CC” stories…
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