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Aristotle
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When he [Aristotle] was asked 'What is a friend?' he said 'One soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
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There is no genius who hasn't a touch of insanity. Aristotle
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Nature creates nothing without a purpose. Aristotle
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We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
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Happiness is activity. Aristotle
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
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We are what we continually do... Aristotle
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Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle
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It may be argued that peoples for whom philosophers legislate are always prosperous. Aristotle
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Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules. Aristotle
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The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else. Aristotle
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But obviously a state which becomes progressively more and more of a unity will cease to be a state at all. Plurality of numbers is natural in a state; and the farther it moves away from plurality towards unity, the less of a state it becomes and the more a household, and the household in turn an individual. 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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We deliberate not about ends, but about means. Aristotle
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We must become just be doing just acts. Aristotle
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For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream. Aristotle
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He who is by nature not his own but another's man is by nature a slave. Aristotle
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A speaker who is attempting to move people to thought or action must concern himself with Pathos. Aristotle
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And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention. 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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Now, the causes being four, it is the business of the student of nature to know about them all, and if he refers his problems back to all of them, he will assign the "why" in the way proper to his science-the matter, the form, the mover, that for the sake of which. Aristotle
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Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. 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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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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My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. 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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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. 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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Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle
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Well begun is half done. Aristotle
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Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. Aristotle
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Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. Aristotle
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Law is order, and good law is good order. Aristotle
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The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. Aristotle
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That rule is the better which is exercised over better subjects. Aristotle
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Every virtue is a mean between two extremes, each of which is a vice. Aristotle
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Our youth should also be educated with music and physical education. Aristotle
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... the science we are after is not about mathematicals either none of them, you see, is separable. Aristotle
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That which most contributes to the permanence of constitutions is the adaptation of education to the form of government, and yet in our own day this principle is universally neglected. The best laws, though sanctioned by every citizen of the state, will be of no avail unless the young are trained by habit and education in the spirit of the constitution. Aristotle
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The art of wealth-getting which consists in household management, on the one hand, has a limit; the unlimited acquisition of wealth is not its business. And therefore, in one point of view, all riches must have a limit; nevertheless, as a matter of fact, we find the opposite to be the case; for all getters of wealth increase their hard coin without limit. Aristotle
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Take the case of just actions; just punishments and chastisements do indeed spring from a good principle, but they are good only because we cannot do without them - it would be better that neither individuals nor states should need anything of the sort - but actions which aim at honor and advantage are absolutely the best. The conditional action is only the choice of a lesser evil; whereas these are the foundation and creation of good. A good man may make the best even of poverty and disease, and the other ills of life; 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; 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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Happiness is essentially perfect; so that the happy man requires in addition the goods of the body, external goods and the gifts of fortune, in order that his activity may not be impeded through lack of them. Aristotle
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Although it may be difficult in theory to know what is just and equal, the practical difficulty of inducing those to forbear who can, if they like, encroach, is far greater, for the weaker are always asking for equality and justice, but the stronger care for none of these things. 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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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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Also our fellow competitors, who are indeed the people just mentioned - we do not compete with men who lived a hundred centuries ago, or those yet not born, or the dead, or those who dwell near the Pillars of Hercules, or those whom, in our opinion or that of others, we take to be far below us or far above us. So too we compete with those who follow the same ends as ourselves; we compete with our rivals in sport or in love, and generally with those who are after the same things; and it is therefore these whom we are bound to envy beyond all others. Hence the saying: Aristotle
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These two rational faculties may be designated the Scientific Faculty and the Calculative Faculty respectively; since calculation is the same as deliberation, and deliberation is never exercised about things that are invariable, so that the Calculative Faculty is a separate part of the rational half of the soul. Aristotle
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Of cases where a man is truthful both in speech and conduct when no considerations of honesty come in, from an habitual sincerity of disposition. Such sincerity may be esteemed a moral excellence; for the lover of truth, who is truthful even when nothing depends on it, will a fortiori be truthful when some interest is at stake, since having all along avoided falsehood for its own sake, he will assuredly avoid it when it is morally base; and this is a disposition that we praise. Aristotle
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In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature. 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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Something is infinite if, taking it quantity by quantity, we can always take something outside. Aristotle
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I call that law universal, which is conformable merely to dictates of nature; for there does exist naturally an universal sense of right and wrong, which, in a certain degree, all intuitively divine, even should no intercourse with each other, nor any compact have existed. Aristotle
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The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body. Aristotle
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Philosophy can make people sick. Aristotle
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There is an ideal of excellence for any particular craft or occupation; similarly there must be an excellent that we can achieve as human beings. That is, we can live our lives as a whole in such a way that they can be judged not just as excellent in this respect or in that occupation, but as excellent, period. Only when we develop our truly human capacities sufficiently to achieve this human excellent will we have lives blessed with happiness. Aristotle
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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle
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For imagining lies within our power whenever we wish . . . but in forming opinons we are not free . . . Aristotle
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No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. Aristotle
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A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so. Aristotle
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Tools may be animate as well as inanimate; for instance, a ship's captain uses a lifeless rudder, but a living man for watch; for a servant is, from the point of view of his craft, categorized as one of its tools. So any piece of property can be regarded as a tool enabling a man to live, and his property is an assemblage of such tools; a slave is a sort of living piece of property; and like any other servant is a tool in charge of other tools. Aristotle
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...perhaps there is some element of good even in the simple act of living, so long as the evils of existence do not preponderate too heavily. Aristotle
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Worms are the intestines of the earth. Aristotle
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Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle] Aristotle
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The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook Aristotle
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Evil draws men together. Aristotle
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There are no experienced young people. Time makes experience. 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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