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When he [Aristotle] was asked 'What is a friend?' he said 'One soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

There is no genius who hasn't a touch of insanity. Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle

Through discipline comes freedom. Aristotle

Character is revealed through action. Aristotle

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle

Nature creates nothing without a purpose. Aristotle

We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Your happiness depends on you alone. Aristotle

Saying the words that come from knowledge is no sign of having it. Aristotle

Happiness is activity. Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Perception starts with the eye. Aristotle

We are what we continually do... Aristotle

Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

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

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. Aristotle

We deliberate not about ends, but about means. Aristotle

We must become just be doing just acts. Aristotle

For often, when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then presents itself is but a dream. Aristotle

He who is by nature not his own but another's man is by nature a slave. Aristotle

A speaker who is attempting to move people to thought or action must concern himself with Pathos. Aristotle

And yet the true creator is necessity, which is the mother of invention. Aristotle

Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

It is the active exercise of our faculties in conformity with virtue that causes happiness, and the opposite activities its opposite. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature. Aristotle

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

Something is infinite if, taking it quantity by quantity, we can always take something outside. Aristotle

It may be argued that peoples for whom philosophers legislate are always prosperous. Aristotle

Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Aristotle

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle

Our youth should also be educated with music and physical education. Aristotle

... the science we are after is not about mathematicals either none of them, you see, is separable. Aristotle

Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle] Aristotle

The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook Aristotle

Evil draws men together. Aristotle

There are no experienced young people. Time makes experience. Aristotle

It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. Aristotle

I say that habit's but a long practice, friend, and this becomes men's nature in the end. Aristotle

A change in the shape of the body creates a change in the state of the soul. Aristotle

Talent is culture with insolence. Aristotle

There is honor in being a dog. Aristotle

There is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offenses, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom. Aristotle

Patience s bitter, but it's fruit is sweet. Aristotle

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

Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules. Aristotle

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

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. Aristotle

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and consequently imperishable. Aristotle

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

...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

Law is order, and good law is good order. Aristotle

The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. Aristotle

That rule is the better which is exercised over better subjects. Aristotle

Every virtue is a mean between two extremes, each of which is a vice. Aristotle

The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to. Aristotle

Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them. A true friend is one soul in two bodies Aristotle



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