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Nevertheless, some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute. -- Aristotle.
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Excellence is not an art. It is the habit of practice. -- Aristotle.
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The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man -- Aristotle.
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Rising before daylight is also to be commended; it is a healthy habit, and gives more time for the management of the household as well as for liberal studies. -- Aristotle.
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Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be. -- Aristotle.
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The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil. -- Aristotle.
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If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it ... then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords. -- Aristotle.
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Some [jests] are becoming to a gentleman, others are not; see that you choose such as become you. Irony better befits a gentleman than buffoonery; the ironical man jokes to amuse himself, the buffoon to amuse other people. -- Aristotle.
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Now the soul of man is divided into two parts, one of which has a rational principle in itself, and the other, not having a rational principle in itself, is able to obey such a principle. And we call a man in any way good because he has the virtues of these two parts. -- Aristotle.
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The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to. -- Aristotle.
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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. -- Aristotle.
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Quality is not an an act, it's a habit. -- Aristotle.
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Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty. -- Aristotle.
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The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is. -- Aristotle.
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Without virtue it is difficult to bear gracefully the honors of fortune. -- Aristotle.
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For desire is like a wild beast, and anger perverts rulers and the very best of men. Hence law is intelligence without appetition. -- Aristotle.
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The fire at Lipara, Xenophanes says, ceased once for sixteen years, and came back in the seventeenth. And he says that the lavastream from Aetna is neither of the nature of fire, nor is it continuous, but it appears at intervals of many years. -- Aristotle.
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Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness. -- Aristotle.
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Those who act receive the prizes. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is something final and complete in itself, as being the aim and end of all practical activities whatever ... Happiness then we define as the active exercise of the mind in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue. -- Aristotle.
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No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. -- Aristotle.
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Nobody will be afraid who believes nothing can happen to him. -- Aristotle.
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There seems to be in us a sort of affinity to musical modes and rhythms, which makes some philosophers say that the soul is a tuning, others, that it possesses tuning. -- Aristotle.
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The excellence of a thing is related to its proper function. -- Aristotle.
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One Greek city state had a fundamental law: anyone proposing revisions to the constitution did so with a noose around his neck. If his proposal lost he was instantly hanged. -- Aristotle.
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The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. -- Aristotle.
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The Ethics of Aristotle is one half of a single treatise of which his Politics is the other half. Both deal with one and the same subject. This subject is what Aristotle calls in one place the "philosophy of human affairs;" but more frequently Political or Social Science. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is at once the best, the noblest, and the pleasantest of things. -- Aristotle.
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Life in accordance with intellect is best and pleasantest, since this, more than anything else, constitutes humanity. -- Aristotle.
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And here will apply an observation made before, that whatever is proper to each is naturally best and pleasantest to him: such then is to Man the life in accordance with pure Intellect (since this Principle is most truly Man), and if so, then it is also the happiest. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness then is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing in the world, and these attributes are not severed as in the inscription at Delos-
Most noble is that which is justest, and best is health;
But pleasantest is it to win what we love. -- Aristotle.
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The Life of the intellect is the best and pleasantest for man, because the intellect more than anything else is the man. Thus it will be the happiest life as well. -- Aristotle.
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This world is inescapably linked to the motions of the worlds above. All power in this world is ruled by these options. -- Aristotle.
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Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. -- Aristotle.
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Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. -- Aristotle.
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For well-being and health, again, the homestead should be airy in summer, and sunny in winter. A homestead possessing these qualities would be longer than it is deep; and its main front would face the south. -- Aristotle.
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The state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good. -- Aristotle.
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They who are to be judges must also be performers. -- Aristotle.
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The form of government is a democracy when the free, who are also poor and the majority, govern, and an oligarchy when the rich and the noble govern, they being at the same time few in number. -- Aristotle.
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It is evident, then, that there is a sort of education in which parents should train their sons, not as being useful or necessary, but because it is liberal or noble. -- Aristotle.
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Friendship is two souls inhabiting one body. -- Aristotle.
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By the mean of the thing I denote a point equally distant from either extreme, which is one and the same for everybody; by the mean relative to us, that amount which is neither too much nor too little, and this is not one and the same for everybody. -- Aristotle.
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Even that some people try deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust. -- Aristotle.
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Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form should lie. -- Aristotle.
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Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion. -- Aristotle.
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If there are two definitive features of ancient Greek civilization, they are loquacity and competition. -- Aristotle.
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All art is concerned with coming into being; for it is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature. -- Aristotle.
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Of old, the demagogue was also a general, and then democracies changed into tyrannies. Most of the ancient tyrants were originally demagogues. They are not so now, but they were then; and the reason is that they were generals and not orators, for oratory had not yet come into fashion. -- Aristotle.
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Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers. -- Aristotle.
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Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honour than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life. -- Aristotle.
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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. -- Aristotle.
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The life of theoretical philosophy is the best and happiest a man can lead. Few men are capable of it and then only intermittently. For the rest there is a second-best way of life, that of moral virtue and practical wisdom. -- Aristotle.
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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. -- Aristotle.
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The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. -- Aristotle.
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When we deliberate it is about means and not ends. -- Aristotle.
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The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning. -- Aristotle.
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Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite. -- Aristotle.
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It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. -- Aristotle.
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The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
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Happiness seems to depend on leisure, because we work to have leisure, and wage war to live in peace. -- Aristotle.
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For the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater. -- Aristotle.
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It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others. -- Aristotle.
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Indeed, it is evident that the mere passage of time itself is destructive rather than generative [ ... ] because change is primarily a 'passing away.' So it is only incidentally that time is the cause of things coming into being and existing. -- Aristotle.
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To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter. -- Aristotle.
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The basis of a democratic state is liberty -- Aristotle.
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Women should marry when they are about eighteen years of age, and men at seven and thirty; then they are in the prime of life, and the decline in the powers of both will coincide. -- Aristotle.
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Among people lacking self-restraint, those apt to be impulsive40 are better than those who are in possession of an argument [logos] but do not abide by it. For -- Aristotle.
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Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. -- Aristotle.
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To perceive is to suffer. -- Aristotle.
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A proper wife should be as obedient as a slave ... The female is a female by virtue of a certain lack of qualities - a natural defectiveness. -- Aristotle.
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The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness. -- Aristotle.
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But is it just then that the few and the wealthy should be the rulers? And what if they, in like manner, rob and plunder the people, - is this just? -- Aristotle.
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Purpose ... is held to be most closely connected with virtue, and to be a better token of our character than are even our acts. -- Aristotle.
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Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold -- Aristotle.
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The avarice of mankind is insatiable. -- Aristotle.
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Again, the male is by nature superior, and the female inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled; this principle, of necessity, extends to all mankind. -- Aristotle.
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Music imitates (represents) the passions or states of the soul, such as gentleness, anger, courage, temperance, and their opposites. -- Aristotle.
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A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies. -- Aristotle.
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No man of high and generous spirit is ever willing to indulge in flattery; the good may feel affection for others, but will not flatter them. -- Aristotle.
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Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one. -- Aristotle.
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The intelligence consists not only in the knowledge but also in the skill to apply the knowledge into practice. -- Aristotle.
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Dissimilarity of habit tends more than anything to destroy affection. -- Aristotle.
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While the faculty of sensation is dependent upon the body, mind is separable from it -- Aristotle.
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Further, the orator should be able to prove opposites, as in logical arguments; -- Aristotle.
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Good character is the indispensable condition and chief determinant of happiness, itself the goal of all human doing. The end of all action, individual or collective, is the greatest happiness of the greatest number. -- Aristotle.
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We may assume the superiority ceteris paribus of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses - in short, from fewer premises. -- Aristotle.
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No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature. -- Aristotle.
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The more you know, the more you know that you don't know. -- Aristotle.
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It is clear that those constitutions which aim at the common good are right, as being in accord with absolute justice; while those which aim only at the good of the rulers are wrong. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness belongs to the self sufficient. -- Aristotle.
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We become brave by doing brave acts. -- Aristotle.
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What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is the highest good -- Aristotle.
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Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form, and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good: for which reason a common and by no means a bad description of the Chief Good is, that which all things aim at. -- Aristotle.
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There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions-that is, to name them and -- Aristotle.
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Good moral character is not something that we can achieve on our own. We need a culture that supports the conditions under which self-love and friendship flourish. -- Aristotle.
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The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god ... -- Aristotle.
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But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction. -- Aristotle.
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Now all orators effect their demonstrative proofs by allegation either of enthymems or examples, and, besides these, in no other way whatever. -- Aristotle.
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Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. -- Aristotle.
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We ought, so far as it lies within our power, to aspire to immortality, and do all that we can to live in conformity with the highest that is within us; for even if it is small in quantity, in power and preciousness, it far excels all the rest. -- Aristotle.
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To Aristotle or to Plato the State is, above all, a large and powerful educative agency which gives the individual increased opportunities of self-development and greater capacities for the enjoyment of life. -- Aristotle.
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Anyone can get angry, but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for everyone, nor is it easy. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness, then, is co-extensive with contemplation, and the more people contemplate, the happier they are; not incidentally, but in virtue of their contemplation, because it is in itself precious. Thus happiness is a form of contemplation. -- Aristotle.
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For example, justice is considered to mean equality, It does mean equality- but equality for those who are equal, and not for all. -- Aristotle.
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The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts. -- Aristotle.
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Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves. -- Aristotle.
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For the essence of a riddle is to express true facts under impossible combinations. -- Aristotle.
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In the works of Nature, purpose, not accident, is the main thing. -- Aristotle.
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The line has magnitude in one way, the plane in two ways, and the solid in three ways, and beyond these there is no other magnitude because the three are all. -- Aristotle.
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The cultivation of the intellect is man's highest good and purest happiness -- Aristotle.
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Again, Practical Wisdom and Excellence of the Moral character are very closely united; since the Principles of Practical Wisdom are in accordance with the Moral Virtues and these are right when they accord with Practical Wisdom. -- Aristotle.
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Virtue is not merely a state in conformity with the right principle, but one that implies the right principle; and the right principle in moral conduct is prudence. -- Aristotle.
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Moral experience - the actual possession and exercise of good character - is necessary truly to understand moral principles and profitably to apply them. -- Aristotle.
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For the laughable is a sort of error and ugliness that is not painful and destructive, just as, evidently, a laughable mask is something ugly and distorted without pain. -- Aristotle.
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A science must deal with a subject and its properties. -- Aristotle.
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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. -- Aristotle.
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All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world -- Aristotle.
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The soul suffers when the body is diseased or traumatized, while the body suffers when the soul is ailing. -- Aristotle.
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The good for man is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or if there are more kinds of virtue than one, in accordance with the best and most perfect kind. -- Aristotle.
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Not seek for exactness in all matters alike, but in each according to the subject-matter, and so far as properly belongs to the system. -- Aristotle.
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A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange ... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not mere companionship. -- Aristotle.
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The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference. -- Aristotle.
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He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature. -- Aristotle.
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There also appears to be another element in the soul, which, though irrational, yet in a manner participates in rational principle. -- Aristotle.
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Evil brings men together. -- Aristotle.
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We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means. -- Aristotle.
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Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible. -- Aristotle.
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Walked right by an ex-girlfriend today. Not on purpose, I just didn't recognize her with her mouth closed. -- Aristotle.
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Female cats are very Lascivious, and make advances to the male. -- Aristotle.
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I seek to bring forth what you almost already know. -- Aristotle.
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Now the greatest external good we should assume to be the thing which we offer as a tribute to the gods, and which is most coveted by men of high station, and is the prize awarded for the noblest deeds; and such a thing is honor, for honor is clearly the greatest of external goods. -- Aristotle.
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The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth. -- Aristotle.
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Nor is he liberal who gives with pain; for he would prefer the wealth to the noble act, and this is not characteristic of a liberal man. But no more will the liberal man take from wrong sources; for such taking is not characteristic of the man who sets no store by wealth. -- Aristotle.
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Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness depends on ourselves. -- Aristotle.
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Nature does nothing in vain. -- Aristotle.
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All people by nature desire to know. An example of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves. -- Aristotle.
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The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things. -- Aristotle.
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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -- Aristotle.
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Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock. -- Aristotle.
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Man is a political animal. A man who lives alone is either a Beast or a God -- Aristotle.
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It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it. -- Aristotle.
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While fiction is often impossible, it should not be implausible. -- Aristotle.
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For just as for a flute-player, a sculptor, or an artist, and, in general, for all things that have a function or activity, the good and the well is thought to reside in the function, so would it seem to be for man, if he has a function. -- Aristotle.
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Nowadays, for the sake of the advantage which is to be gained from the public revenues and from office, men want to be always in office. -- Aristotle.
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Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old. -- Aristotle.
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For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. -- Aristotle.
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Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. -- Aristotle.
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A state is an association of similar persons whose aim is the best life possible. What is best is happiness, and to be happy is an active exercise of virtue and a complete employment of it. -- Aristotle.
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Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man. -- Aristotle.
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[this element], the seat of the appetites and of desire in general, does in a sense participate in principle, as being amenable and obedient to it -- Aristotle.
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The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in the dissimilar. -- Aristotle.
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For even they who compose treatises of medicine or natural philosophy in verse are denominated Poets: yet Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common except their metre; the former, therefore, justly merits the name of the Poet; while the other should rather be called a Physiologist than a Poet. -- Aristotle.
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Even the best of men in authority are liable to be corrupted by passion. We may conclude then that the law is reason without passion, and it is therefore preferable to any individual. -- Aristotle.
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The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. -- Aristotle.
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As our acts vary, our habits will follow in their course. -- Aristotle.
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There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance. -- Aristotle.
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For to people of that sort, just as to those lacking self-restraint,15 knowledge is without benefit. But to those who fashion their longings in accord with reason and act accordingly, knowing about these things would be of great profit. -- Aristotle.
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It is thus evident that Rhetoric does not deal with any one definite class of subjects, but, like Dialectic, [is of general application]; also, that it is useful; and further, that its function is not so much to persuade, as to find out in each case the existing means of persuasion. -- Aristotle.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to expect that amount of exactness which the nature of the particular subject admits. It is equally unreasonable to accept merely probable conclusions from a mathematician and to demand strict demonstration from an orator. -- Aristotle.
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History describes what has happened, poetry what might. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and serious than history; for poetry speaks of what is universal, history of what is particular. -- Aristotle.
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The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure -- Aristotle.
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Men must be able to engage in business and go to war, but leisure and peace are better; they must do what is necessary and indeed what is useful, but what is honorable is better. On such principles children and persons of every age which requires education should be trained. -- Aristotle.
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If the poor, for example, because they are more in number, divide among themselves the property of the rich,- is not this unjust? . this law of confiscation clearly cannot be just. -- Aristotle.
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Moral virtue is the quality of acting in the best way in relation to pleasures and pains, and that vice is the opposite. -- Aristotle.
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The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case. -- Aristotle.
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My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is activity. -- Aristotle.
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Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. -- Aristotle.
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The vigorous are no better than the lazy during one half of life, for all men are alike when asleep. -- Aristotle.
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It is not easy for a person to do any great harm when his tenure of office is short, whereas long possession begets tyranny. -- Aristotle.
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No one loves the man whom he fears. -- Aristotle.
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In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. -- Aristotle.
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Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues. -- Aristotle.
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The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances. -- Aristotle.
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It is the activity of the intellect that constitutes complete human happiness - provided it be granted a complete span of life, for nothing that belongs to happiness can be incomplete. -- Aristotle.
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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. -- Aristotle.
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To leave the number of births unrestricted, as is done in most states, inevitably causes poverty among the citizens, and poverty produces crime and faction. -- Aristotle.
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Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. -- Aristotle.
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In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. -- Aristotle.
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Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds. -- Aristotle.
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Men create the gods after their own images. -- Aristotle.
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The man who confers a favour would rather not be repaid in the same coin. -- Aristotle.
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Laws, when good, should be supreme; and that the magistrate or magistrates should regulate those matters only on which the laws are unable to speak with precision owing to the difficulty of any general principle embracing all particulars. -- Aristotle.
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Those who inquire into the number of existents: for they inquire whether the ultimate constituents of existing things are one or many, and if many, whether a finite or an infinite plurality. -- Aristotle.
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For through wondering human beings now and in the beginning have been led to philosophizing. -- Aristotle.
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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. -- Aristotle.
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Aristotle insists that habituation, not teaching, is the route to moral virtue (II. 1). We must practise doing good actions, not just read about virtue. -- Aristotle.
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The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. -- Aristotle.
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All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge. -- Aristotle.
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It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in 'Timaeus' is different from what he says in his so-called 'unwritten teachings.' -- Aristotle.
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Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach. -- Aristotle.
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Teaching is the highest form of understanding. -- Aristotle.
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To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men. -- Aristotle.
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As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is a thing honored and perfect. This seems to be borne out by the fact that it is a first principle or starting-point, since all other things that all men do are done for its sake; and that which is the first principle and cause of things good we agree to be something honorable and divine. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is a sort of action. -- Aristotle.
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All friendly feelings toward others come from the friendly feelings a person has for himself. -- Aristotle.
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Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. -- Aristotle.
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1 is not prime, by definition. 2 is an unnatural prime, 4 is an unnatural prime, and 6 is an unnatural prime. All other natural primes cannot be unnatural primes. -- Aristotle.
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It is our actions and the soul's active exercise of its functions that we posit (as being Happiness); -- Aristotle.
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The proof that the state is a creation of nature and prior to the individual is that the individual, when isolated, is not self-sufficing; and therefore he is like a part in relation to the whole. -- Aristotle.
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Avoid the enthymeme form when you are trying to rouse feeling; for it will either kill the feeling or will itself fall flat: all simultaneous motions tend to cancel each other either completely or partially. -- Aristotle.
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Whenever a reasonable explanation comes to sight as to why a thing appears to be but is not true, this makes for greater trust in the truth. -- Aristotle.
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The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain. -- Aristotle.
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How can a man know what is good or best for him, and yet chronically fail to act upon his knowledge? -- Aristotle.
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Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. -- Aristotle.
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Even when the laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unchanged. -- Aristotle.
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The fact that it took the rise of democracies and otherwise open societies at Athens and elsewhere to create the climate in which public eloquence became a political indispensability. -- Aristotle.
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Beauty is the gift of God -- Aristotle.
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Neither old people nor sour people seem to make friends easily; for there is little that is pleasant in them ... -- Aristotle.
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It [Justice] is complete virtue in the fullest sense, because it is the active exercise of complete virtue; and it is complete because its possessor can exercise it in relation to another person, and not only by himself. -- Aristotle.
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To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world. -- Aristotle.
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For he who lives as passion directs will not hear argument that dissuades him, nor understand it if he does; and how can we persuade one in such a state to change his ways? -- Aristotle.
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A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble. -- Aristotle.
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For it is not true, as some treatise-mongers lay down in their systems, of the probity of the speaker, that it contributes nothing to persuasion; but moral character nearly, I may say, carries with it the most sovereign efficacy in making credible. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is activity of soul. -- Aristotle.
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The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous. (VII) -- Aristotle.
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Adoration is made out of a solitary soul occupying two bodies. -- Aristotle.
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Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny. -- Aristotle.
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The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward. -- Aristotle.
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The whole is more than the sum of its parts. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness comes from theperfect practice of virtue. -- Aristotle.
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Property should be in a certain sense common, but, as a general rule, private; for, when every one has a distinct interest, men will not complain of one another, and they will make more progress, because every one will be attending to his own business. -- Aristotle.
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But the whole vital process of the earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed. -- Aristotle.
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He who takes his fill of every pleasure ... becomes depraved; while he who avoids all pleasures alike ... becomes insensible. -- Aristotle.
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Everyone honors the wise. -- Aristotle.
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Education begins at the level of the learner. -- Aristotle.
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A city is composed of different kinds of men; similar people cannot bring a city into existence. -- Aristotle.
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It is clear that there is some difference between ends: some ends are energeia [energy], while others are products which are additional to the energeia. -- Aristotle.
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A friend of everyone is a friend of no one -- Aristotle.
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He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life. -- Aristotle.
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They should rule who are able to rule best. -- Aristotle.
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Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art. -- Aristotle.
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Quid quid movetur ab alio movetur(nothing moves without having been moved). -- Aristotle.
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Gentleness is the ability to bear reproaches and slights with moderation, and not to embark on revenge quickly, and not to be easily provoked to anger, but be free from bitterness and contentiousness, having tranquility and stability in the spirit. -- Aristotle.
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The Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction. -- Aristotle.
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[I]n speaking about someone's character, we do not say that he is wise or comprehending, but that he is gentle or moderate. -- Aristotle.
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To seek for utility everywhere is entirely unsuited to men that are great-souled and free. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is a quality of the soul ... not a function of one's material circumstances. -- Aristotle.
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All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of action. -- Aristotle.
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A poet must be a composer of plots rather than of verses, -- Aristotle.
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Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all
sources. -- Aristotle.
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Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. -- Aristotle.
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The purpose of art is to represent the meaning of things. This represents the true reality, not external aspects. -- Aristotle.
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There is nothing unequal as the equal treatment of unequals. -- Aristotle.
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Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact. -- Aristotle.
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Every great genius has an admixture of madness. -- Aristotle.
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It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician demonstrative proofs. -- Aristotle.
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Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself -- Aristotle.
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Experience has shown that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a populous state to be run by good laws. -- Aristotle.
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It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. -- Aristotle.
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For nothing is moved at haphazard, but in every case there must be some reason present
[1071b] -- Aristotle.
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Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents. -- Aristotle.
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The body is most fully developed from thirty to thirty-five years of age, the mind at about forty-nine. -- Aristotle.
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Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. -- Aristotle.
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In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. -- Aristotle.
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Melancholy men of all others are most witty, which causeth many times a divine ravishment, and a kinde of Enthusiasmus, which stirreth them up to bee excellent Philosophers, Poets, Prophets, etc. -- Aristotle.
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The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. -- Aristotle.
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In seeking for justice men seek for the mean or neutral, for the law is the mean. Again, customary laws have more weight, and relate to more important matters, than written laws, and a man may be a safer ruler than the written law, but not safer than the customary law. -- Aristotle.
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It would then be most admirably adapted to the purposes of justice, if laws properly enacted were, as far as circumstances admitted, of themselves to mark out all cases, and to abandon as few as possible to the discretion of the judge. -- Aristotle.
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All that we do is done with an eye to something else. -- Aristotle.
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A man can make up his mind quickly when he has only a little to make up. -- Aristotle.
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Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it. -- Aristotle.
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Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do. -- Aristotle.
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Character is revealed through action. -- Aristotle.
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Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. -- Aristotle.
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Our virtues are voluntary (and in fact we are in a sense ourselves partly the cause of our moral dispositions, and it is our having a certain character that makes us set up an end of a certain kind), it follows that our vices are voluntary also; they are voluntary in the same manner as our virtues. -- Aristotle.
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Just as at the Olympic games it is not the handsomest or strongest men who are crowned with victory but the successful competitors, so in life it is those who act rightly who carry off all the prizes and rewards. -- Aristotle.
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Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. -- Aristotle.
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The government of freemen is nobler and implies more virtue than despotic government. Neither is a city to be deemed happy or a legislator to be praised because he trains his citizens to conquer and obtain dominion over their neighbors, for there is great evil in this. -- Aristotle.
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And this lies in the nature of things: What people are potentially is revealed in actuality by what they produce. -- Aristotle.
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The life which is best for men, both separately, as individuals, and in the mass, as states, is the life which has virtue sufficiently supported by material resources to facilitate participation in the actions that virtue calls for. -- Aristotle.
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I have gained this by philosophy ... I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law. -- Aristotle.
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Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding. -- Aristotle.
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Friendship is a thing most necessary to life, since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages. -- Aristotle.
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We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one. -- Aristotle.
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For the real difference between humans and other animals is that humans alone have perception of good and evil, just and unjust, etc. It is the sharing of a common view in these matters that makes a household and a state. -- Aristotle.
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They are fond of fun and therefore witty, wit being well-bred insolence. -- Aristotle.
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we cannot be prudent without being good. -- Aristotle.
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Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age. -- Aristotle.
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It is a part of probability that many improbabilities will happen. -- Aristotle.
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People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. -- Aristotle.
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Melancholy men, of all others, are the most witty. -- Aristotle.
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Both Self-restraint and Unrestraint are a matter of extremes as compared with the character of the mass of mankind; the restrained man shows more and the unrestrained man less steadfastness than most men are capable of. -- Aristotle.
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wherefore one who divines well in regard to the truth will also be able to divine well in regard to probabilities. It -- Aristotle.
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One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name. -- Aristotle.
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Where the laws are not authoritative demagogues arise. For the populace becomes a monarch when it turns from many into a single composite, since the many are in authority not as particular persons but all together. -- Aristotle.
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One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect at the same time. -- Aristotle.
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It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. -- Aristotle.
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Therefore, even the lover of myth is a philosopher; for myth is composed of wonder. -- Aristotle.
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Tragedy is an imitation not of men but of a life, an action -- Aristotle.
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That body is heavier than another which, in an equal bulk, moves downward quicker. -- Aristotle.
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For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all. -- Aristotle.
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Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish. -- Aristotle.
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A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it. -- Aristotle.
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Nor need it cause surprise that things disagreeable to the good man should seem pleasant to some men; for mankind is liable to many corruptions and diseases, and the things in question are not really pleasant, but only pleasant to these particular persons, who are in a condition to think them so. -- Aristotle.
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Greatness of spirit is to bear finely both good fourtune and bad, honor and disgrace, and not to think highly of luxury or attention or power or victories in contests, and to possess a certain depth and magnitude of spirit. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness requires both complete goodness and a complete lifetime. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is an activity and a complete utilization of virtue, not conditionally but absolutely. -- Aristotle.
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What is the highest good in all matters of action? To the name, there is almost complete agreement; for uneducated and educated alike call it happiness, and make happiness identical with the good life and successful living. They disagree, however, about the meaning of happiness. -- Aristotle.
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A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself. -- Aristotle.
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95% of everything you do is the result of habit. -- Aristotle.
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The good of the individual by himself is certainly desirable enough, but that of a nation and of cities is nobler and more divine. -- Aristotle.
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Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Exempt are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love. -- Aristotle.
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Opinion involves belief (for without belief in what we opine we cannot have an opinion), and in the brutes though we often find imagination we never find belief. -- Aristotle.
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Education is the best provision for old age -- Aristotle.
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If there are several virtues the best and most complete or perfect of them will be the happiest one. An excellent human will be a person good at living life, living well and 'beautifully'. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. -- Aristotle.
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At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose -- Aristotle.
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There is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offenses, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom. -- Aristotle.
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Victory is plesant, not only to those who love to conquer, bot to all; for there is produced an idea of superiority, which all with more or less eagerness desire. -- Aristotle.
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But it is not at all certain that this superiority of the many over the sound few is possible in the case of every people and every large number. There are some whom it would be impossible: otherwise the theory would apply to wild animals- and yet some men are hardly any better than wild animals. -- Aristotle.
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Bad people ... are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good. -- Aristotle.
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He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved. -- Aristotle.
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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. -- Aristotle.
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Metaphysics involves intuitive knowledge of unprovable starting-points concepts and truth and demonstrative knowledge of what follows from them. -- Aristotle.
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What a society honors will be cultivated. -- Aristotle.
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It has been well said that 'he who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.' The two are not the same, but the good citizen ought to be capable of both; he should know how to govern like a freeman, and how to obey like a freeman - these are the virtues of a citizen. -- Aristotle.
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Worthless persons appointed to have supreme control of weighty affairs do a lot of damage. -- Aristotle.
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For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize. -- Aristotle.
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It is the active exercise of our faculties in conformity with virtue that causes happiness, and the opposite activities its opposite. -- Aristotle.
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Equality is of two kinds, numerical and proportional; by the first I mean sameness of equality in number or size; by the second, equality of ratios. -- Aristotle.
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Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man. -- Aristotle.
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Fame means being respected by everybody, or having some quality that is desired by all men, or by most, or by the good, or by the wise. -- Aristotle.
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Emotions of any kind are produced by melody and rhythm; therefore by music a man becomes accustomed to feeling the right emotions; music has thus the power to form character, and the various kinds of music based on various modes may be distinguished by their effects on character. -- Aristotle.
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There is no such thing as observing a mean in excess or deficiency, nor as exceeding or falling short in observance of a mean. -- Aristotle.
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The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake. -- Aristotle.
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The souls ability to nourish itself lies in the heart. -- Aristotle.
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Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. -- Aristotle.
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Legislative enactments proceed from men carrying their views a long time back; while judicial decisions are made off hand. -- Aristotle.
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The line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive. -- Aristotle.
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Now the proofs furnished by the speech are of three kinds. The first depends upon the moral character of the speaker, the second upon putting the hearer into a certain frame of mind, the third upon the speech itself, in so far as it proves or seems to prove. [4] -- Aristotle.
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Even in adversity, nobility shines through, when a man endures repeated and severe misfortune with patience, not owing to insensibility but from generosity and greatness of soul. -- Aristotle.
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Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated. -- Aristotle.
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No one praises happiness as one praises justice, but we call it a 'blessing,' deeming it something higher and more divine than things we praise. -- Aristotle.
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To be angry is easy. But to be angry with the right man at the right time and in the right manner, that is not easy. -- Aristotle.
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The senses are gateways to the intelligence. There is nothing in the intelligence which did not first pass through the senses. -- Aristotle.
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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. -- Aristotle.
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For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. -- Aristotle.
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the actuality of thought is life -- Aristotle.
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Each human being is bred with a unique set of potentials that yearn to be fulfilled as surely as the acorn yearns to become the oak within it. -- Aristotle.
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Every wicked man is in ignorance as to what he ought to do, and from what to abstain, and it is because of error such as this that men become unjust and, in a word, wicked. -- Aristotle.
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The man is free, we say, who exists for his own sake and not for another's. -- Aristotle.
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Being cannot be one in form, though it may be in what it is made of. (Even some of the physicists hold it to be one in the latter way, though not in the former.) Man obviously differs from horse in form, and contraries from each other. -- Aristotle.
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All thinkers then agree in making the contraries principles, both those who describe the All as one and unmoved (for even Parmenides treats hot and cold as principles under the names of fire and earth) and those too who use the rare and the dense. (20) -- Aristotle.
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The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five. -- Aristotle.
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Even hackneyed and commonplace maxims are to be used, if they suit one's purpose: just because they are commonplace, every one seems to agree with them, and therefore they are taken for truth. -- Aristotle.
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Have a definite, clear, practical ideal - a goal, an objective. -- Aristotle.
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One kind of justice is that which is manifested in distributions of honour or money or the other things that fall to be divided among those who have a share in the constitution ... and another kind is that which plays a rectifying part in transactions. -- Aristotle.
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Quality is not an act, it is a habit. -- Aristotle.
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To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. -- Aristotle.
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Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character ofthe speaker; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third on the proof, provided by the words of the speech itself. -- Aristotle.
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A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity. -- Aristotle.
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The greatest crimes are not those committed for the sake of necessity but those committed for the sake of superfluity. One does not become a tyrant to avoid exposure to the cold. -- Aristotle.
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The right constitutions, three in number- kingship, aristocracy, and polity- and the deviations from these, likewise three in number - tyranny from kingship, oligarchy from aristocracy, democracy from polity. -- Aristotle.
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Because the rich are generally few in number, while the poor are many, they appear to be antagonistic, and as the one or the other prevails they form the government. Hence arises the common opinion that there are two kinds of government - democracy and oligarchy. -- Aristotle.
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Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses. -- Aristotle.
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He who is a citizen in a democracy will often not be a citizen in an oligarchy. -- Aristotle.
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Of governments there are said to be only two forms - democracy and oligarchy. For aristocracy is considered to be a kind of oligarchy, as being the rule of a few, and the so-called constitutional government to be really a democracy. -- Aristotle.
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The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy. -- Aristotle.
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A democracy exists whenever those who are free and are not well-off, being in the majority, are in sovereign control of government, an oligarchy when control lies with the rich and better-born, these being few. -- Aristotle.
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For tyranny is a kind of monarchy which has in view the interest of the monarch only; oligarchy has in view the interest of the wealthy; democracy of the needy: none of them common good of all. -- Aristotle.
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The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy. -- Aristotle.
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A democracy when put to the strain grows weak, and is supplanted by Oligarchy. -- Aristotle.
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All men agree that a just distribution must be according to merit in some sense; they do not all specify the same sort of merit, but democrats identify it with freemen, supporters of oligarchy with wealth (or noble birth), and supporters of aristocracy with excellence. -- Aristotle.
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Fine friendship requires duration rather than fitful intensity. -- Aristotle.
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It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. -- Aristotle.
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What is the highest of all goods achievable by action? ... both the general run of man and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness ... but with regard to what happiness is they differ. -- Aristotle.
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And it is a characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes a family and a state. -- Aristotle.
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The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own. -- Aristotle.
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The specific excellence of verbal expression in poetry is to be clear without being low. -- Aristotle.
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The precepts of the law may be comprehended under these three points: to live honestly, to hurt no man willfully, and to render every man his due carefully. -- Aristotle.
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The plot, then, is the first principle, and, as it were, the soul of a tragedy; Character holds the second place. -- Aristotle.
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A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. -- Aristotle.
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Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. -- Aristotle.
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The best tragedies are conflicts between a hero and his destiny. -- Aristotle.
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And by this very difference tragedy stands apart in relation to comedy, for the latter intends to imitate those who are worse, and the former better, than people are now. -- Aristotle.
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The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. -- Aristotle.
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Tragedy, however, is an imitation not only of a complete action, but also of incidents arousing pity and fear. -- Aristotle.
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A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself ... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions. -- Aristotle.
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Tragedy is an imitation not just of a complete action, but of events that evoke pity and fear. -- Aristotle.
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The same distinction marks off Tragedy from Comedy; for Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. III -- Aristotle.
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Definition of tragedy: A hero destroyed by the excess of his virtues -- Aristotle.
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We would have to say that hereditary succession is harmful. You may say the king, having sovereign power, will not in that case hand over to his children. But it is hard to believe that: it is a difficult achievement, which expects too much virtue of human nature. -- Aristotle.
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The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet. -- Aristotle.
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Leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment of life, which are experienced, not by the busy man, but by those who have leisure. -- Aristotle.
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The democrats think that as they are equal they ought to be equal in all things. -- Aristotle.
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Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. -- Aristotle.
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That rule is the better which is exercised over better subjects. -- Aristotle.
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Therefore the activity of God, which surpasses all others in blessedness, must be contemplative; and of human activities, therefore, that which is most akin to this must be most of the nature of happiness -- Aristotle.
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The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an event. -- Aristotle.
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Money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural. -- Aristotle.
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Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law. -- Aristotle.
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The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. -- Aristotle.
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If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless. -- Aristotle.
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Now to investigate whether Being is one and motionless is not a contribution to the science of Nature. -- Aristotle.
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One swallow does not make a summer,
neither does one fine day;
similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. -- Aristotle.
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One swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day. -- Aristotle.
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The aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought ... The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likable, disgusting, and hateful. -- Aristotle.
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The fool tells me his reason; the wise man persuades me with my own. -- Aristotle.
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Whatever lies within our power to do lies also within our power not to do. -- Aristotle.
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Men are divided between those who are as thrifty as if they would live forever, and those who are as extravagant as if they were going to die the next day. -- Aristotle.
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Man is his desire. -- Aristotle.
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Man's best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it. -- Aristotle.
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When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to be nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence, originating in the bare needs of life, and continuing in existence for the sake of a good life. -- Aristotle.
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To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. -- Aristotle.
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The virtue of the good man is necessarily the same as the virtue of the citizen of the perfect state. -- Aristotle.
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Wit is well-bred insolence. -- Aristotle.
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In justice is all virtues found in sum. -- Aristotle.
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Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him. -- Aristotle.
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The blood of a goat will shatter a diamond. -- Aristotle.
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The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. -- Aristotle.
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Our youth should also be educated with music and physical education. -- Aristotle.
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Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them. A true friend is one soul in two bodies -- Aristotle.
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There is also a doubt as to what is to be the supreme power in the state: - Is it the multitude? Or the wealthy? Or the good? Or the one best man? Or a tyrant? -- Aristotle.
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Good cannot be a single and universal general notion; if it were, it would not be predictable in all the categories, but only in one. -- Aristotle.
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Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the work of such a Being as we define God to be. -- Aristotle.
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Nature creates nothing without a purpose. -- Aristotle.
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The greatest injustices proceed from those who pursue excess, not by those who are driven by necessity. -- Aristotle.
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Adventure is worthwhile. -- Aristotle.
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One should not study what is best, but also what is possible, and similarly what is easier and more attainable by all. -- Aristotle.
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If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting. -- Aristotle.
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All men desire by nature to know. -- Aristotle.
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We're what we repeatedly do. -- Aristotle.
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By 'life,' we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay. -- Aristotle.
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The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children. -- Aristotle.
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Thus we must advance from generalities to particulars; for it is a whole that is best known to sense-perception, (25) and a generality is a kind of whole, comprehending many things within it, like parts. -- Aristotle.
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Evidence from torture may be considered completely untrustworthy -- Aristotle.
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The government is everywhere sovereign in the state, and the constitution is in fact the government. -- Aristotle.
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It is all wrong that a person who is going to be deemed worthy of the office should himself solicit it ... for no one who is not ambitious would ask to hold office. -- Aristotle.
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Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. -- Aristotle.
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Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. -- Aristotle.
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the first principle of all action is leisure. -- Aristotle.
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Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something -- Aristotle.
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When couples have children in excess, let abortion be procured before sense and life have begun; what may or may not be lawfully done in these cases depends on the question of life and sensation. -- Aristotle.
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Virtue lies in moderation -- Aristotle.
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In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech. -- Aristotle.
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We laugh at inferior or ugly individuals, because we feel a joy at feeling superior to them. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is a state of activity. -- Aristotle.
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Patience s bitter, but it's fruit is sweet. -- Aristotle.
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We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him. -- Aristotle.
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Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny. -- Aristotle.
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With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note. -- Aristotle.
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That the equalization of property exercises an influence on political society was clearly understood even by some of the old legislators. Laws were made by Solon and others prohibiting an individual from possessing as much land as he pleased; -- Aristotle.
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Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile. -- Aristotle.
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Nature herself, as has been often said, requires that we should be able, not only to work well, but to use leisure well; for, as I must repeat once again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end. -- Aristotle.
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A friend to all is a friend to none. -- Aristotle.
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If the consequences are the same it is always better to assume the more limited antecedent, since in things of nature the limited, as being better, is sure to be found, wherever possible, rather than the unlimited. -- Aristotle.
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For both excessive and deficient exercise ruin bodily strength, and, similarly, too much or too little eating or drinking ruins health, whereas the proportionate amount produces, increases, and preserves it. -- Aristotle.
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When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name - a constitution. -- Aristotle.
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A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed. -- Aristotle.
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If men are given food, but no chastisement nor any work, they become insolent. -- Aristotle.
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If 'bounded by a surface' is the definition of body there cannot be an infinite body either intelligible or sensible. -- Aristotle.
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Suppose, then, that all men were sick or deranged, save one or two of them who were healthy and of right mind. It would then be the latter two who would be thought to be sick and deranged and the former not! -- Aristotle.
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Earthworms are the intenstines of the soil. -- Aristotle.
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Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert. -- Aristotle.
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mean is the cause -- Aristotle.
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Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. -- Aristotle.
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Human beings are curious by nature. -- Aristotle.
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A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence ... makes us more fully conscious of our own existence. -- Aristotle.
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Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean -- Aristotle.
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In educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain -- Aristotle.
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The proud man, then, is an extreme in respect of the greatness of his claims, but a mean in respect of the rightness of them; for he claims what is accordance with his merits, while the others go to excess or fall short. -- Aristotle.
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Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, or the arts are clearly of an atrabilious temperament and some of them to such an extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile? -- Aristotle.
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Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others. -- Aristotle.
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Personal beauty requires that one should be tall; little people may have charm and elegance, but beauty-no. -- Aristotle.
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Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted. -- Aristotle.
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The law is reason unaffected by desire. -- Aristotle.
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We work to earn our leisure. -- Aristotle.
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There is no such thing as committing adultery with the right woman, at the right time, and in the right way, for it is simply WRONG. -- Aristotle.
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Nothing in life is more necessary than friendship. -- Aristotle.
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Nothing is what rocks dream about -- Aristotle.
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It is clear that the earth does not move, and that it does not lie elsewhere than at the center. -- Aristotle.
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Wonder implies the desire to learn. -- Aristotle.
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The female is, as it were, a mutilated male, and the catamenia are semen, only not pure; for there is only one thing they have not in them, the principle of soul. -- Aristotle.
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Friendship is essentially a partnership. -- Aristotle.
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men cannot know each other till they have 'eaten salt together'; -- Aristotle.
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The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get. -- Aristotle.
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Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. -- Aristotle.
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While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations. -- Aristotle.
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Hippodamus, son of Euryphon, a native of Miletus, invented the art of planning and laid out the street plan of Piraeus. -- Aristotle.
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The true and the approximately true are apprehended by the same faculty; it may also be noted that men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true, and usually do arrive at the truth. Hence the man who makes a good guess at truth is likely to make a good guess at probabilities. -- Aristotle.
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A change in the shape of the body creates a change in the state of the soul. -- Aristotle.
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The same things are best both for individuals and for states, and these are the things which the legislator ought to implant in the minds of his citizens. -- Aristotle.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible. -- Aristotle.
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Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. -- Aristotle.
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If then nature makes nothing without some end in view, nothing to no purpose, it must be that nature has made all of them for the sake of man. -- Aristotle.
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When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end. -- Aristotle.
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Philosophy begins with wonder. -- Aristotle.
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Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it. -- Aristotle.
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It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized. -- Aristotle.
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Of means of persuading by speaking there are three species: some consist in the character of the speaker; others in the disposing the hearer a certain way; others in the thing itself which is said, by reason of its proving, or appearing to prove the point. -- Aristotle.
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It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. -- Aristotle.
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We, on the other hand, must take for granted that the things that exist by nature are, either all or some of them, in motion. -- Aristotle.
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We physicists, on the other hand, must take for granted that the things that exist by nature are, either all or some of them, in motion - which is indeed made plain by induction. -- Aristotle.
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The activity of God, which is transcendent in blessedness, is the activity of contemplation; and therefore among human activities that which is most akin to the divine activity of contemplation will be the greatest source of happiness. -- Aristotle.
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He then alone will strictly be called brave who is fearless of a noble death, and of all such chances as come upon us with sudden death in their train. -- Aristotle.
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The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. -- Aristotle.
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The principle aim of gymnastics is the education of all youth and not simply that minority of people highly favored by nature. -- Aristotle.
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The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement - in fact, of nervous functions in general, - are to be sought in the heart. The brain is an organ of minor importance. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue. -- Aristotle.
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Every skill and every inquiry, and similarly every action and rational choice, is thought to aim at some good; and so the good had been aptly described as that at which everything aims. -- Aristotle.
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Only you can take you to Funkytown. -- Aristotle.
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Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. -- Aristotle.
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And inasmuch as the great-souled man deserves most, he must be the best of men; for the better a man is the more he deserves, and he that is best deserves most. Therefore the truly great-souled man must be a good man. Indeed greatness in each of the virtues would seem to go with greatness of soul. -- Aristotle.
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Your happiness depends on you alone. -- Aristotle.
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The many are more incorruptible than the few; they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness then, is found to be something perfect and self sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed. -- Aristotle.
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Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. -- Aristotle.
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The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. -- Aristotle.
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A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably ... For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts. -- Aristotle.
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For nature by the same cause, provided it remain in the same condition, always produces the same effect, so that either coming-to-be or passing-away will always result. -- Aristotle.
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The energy or active exercise of the mind constitutes life. -- Aristotle.
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Soul and body, I suggest react sympathetically upon each other. A change in the state of the soul produces a change in the shape of the body and conversely, a change in the shape of the body produces a change in the state of the soul. -- Aristotle.
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Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly -- Aristotle.
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Even if we could suppose the citizen body to be virtuous, without each of them being so, yet the latter would be better, for in the virtue of each the virtue of all is involved. -- Aristotle.
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All human happiness and misery take the form of action. -- Aristotle.
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The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine. -- Aristotle.
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You are what you do repeatedly, -- Aristotle.
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Happiness also requires external goods in addition. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity. -- Aristotle.
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Emotions of any kind can be evoked by melody and rhythm; therefore music has the power to form character. -- Aristotle.
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Money is a guarantee that we can have what we want in the future -- Aristotle.
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And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war. -- Aristotle.
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Now property is part of a household, and the acquisition of property part of household-management; for neither life itself nor the good life is possible without a certain minimum supply of the necessities. -- Aristotle.
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For knowing is spoken of in three ways: it may be either universal knowledge or knowledge proper to the matter in hand or actualising such knowledge; consequently three kinds of error also are possible. -- Aristotle.
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A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so. -- Aristotle.
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To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls. -- Aristotle.
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Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. -- Aristotle.
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Prudence as well as Moral Virtue determines the complete performance of a man's proper function: Virtue ensures the rightness of the end we aim at, Prudence ensures the rightness of the means we adopt to gain that end. -- Aristotle.
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There must be in prudence also some master virtue. -- Aristotle.
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[I]t is rather the case that we desire something because we believe it to be good than that we believe a thing to be good because we desire it. It is the thought that starts things off. -- Aristotle.
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Man by nature wants to know. -- Aristotle.
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Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much. -- Aristotle.
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When ... we, as individuals, obey laws that direct us to behave for the welfare of the community as a whole, we are indirectly helping to promote the pursuit of happiness by our fellow human beings. -- Aristotle.
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The Law is Reason free from Passion. -- Aristotle.
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A human being is a naturally political [animal]. -- Aristotle.
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The probable is what usually happens. -- Aristotle.
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To the size of the state there is a limit, as there is to plants, animals and implements, for none of these retain their facility when they are too large. -- Aristotle.
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Wit is cultured insolence. -- Aristotle.
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it seems impossible for all things to be one. -- Aristotle.
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Men in general desire the good and not merely what their fathers had. -- Aristotle.
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Worms are the intestines of the earth. -- Aristotle.
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It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. -- Aristotle.
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A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so. -- Aristotle.
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Happiness involves engagement in activities that promote one's highest potentials. -- Aristotle.
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Nature does nothing without a purpose. In children may be observed the traces and seeds of what will one day be settled psychological habits, though psychologically a child hardly differs for the time being from an animal. -- Aristotle.
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A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover. -- Aristotle.
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Either a beast or a god. -- Aristotle.
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It is likely that unlikely things should happen -- Aristotle.
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Memory is the scribe of the soul -- Aristotle.
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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. -- Aristotle.
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Now each man judges well the things he knows, and of these he is a good judge. And so the man who has been educated in a subject is a good judge of that subject, and the man who has received an all-round education is a good judge in general. -- Aristotle.
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Hippocrates is an excellent geometer but a complete fool in everyday affairs. -- Aristotle.
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It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue. -- Aristotle.
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He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. -- Aristotle.
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No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness -- Aristotle.
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We are what we reblog. -- Aristotle.
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The laughable is a species of what is disgraceful. -- Aristotle.
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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. Tactfully, -- Aristotle.
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Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling. -- Aristotle.
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Justice is the loveliest and health is the best, but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire. -- Aristotle.
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The man with a host of friends who slaps on the back everybody he meets is regarded as the friend of nobody. -- Aristotle.
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The soul is characterized by these capacities; self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and movement. -- Aristotle.
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We Can't learn without pain. -- Aristotle.
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Hence, in a constitutional government the fighting-men have the supreme power, and those who possess arms are the citizens -- Aristotle.
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To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward. -- Aristotle.
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For instance, it is not the function of medicine to restore a patient to health, but only to promote this end as far as possible; for even those whose recovery is impossible may be properly treated. -- Aristotle.
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The high-minded man does not bear grudges, for it is not the mark of a great soul to remember injuries, but to forget them. -- Aristotle.