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The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved. Aristotle
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The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection are that a thing is your own and that it is your only one. Aristotle
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Adoration is made out of a solitary soul occupying two bodies. Aristotle
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But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul. 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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The citizens begin by giving up some part of the constitution, and so with greater ease the government change something else which is a little more important, until they have undermined the whole fabric of the state. 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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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 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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There are three qualifications required in those who have to fill the highest offices, - (1) first of all, loyalty to the established constitution; (2) the greatest administrative capacity; (3) virtue and justice of the kind proper to each form of government. Aristotle
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Neither should we forget the mean, which at the present day is lost sight of in perverted forms of government; for many practices which appear to be democratical are the ruin of democracies, . . Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle
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It must not be supposed that happiness will demand many or great possessions; for self-sufficiency does not depend on excessive abundance, nor does moral conduct, and it is possible to perform noble deeds even without being ruler of land and sea: one can do virtuous acts with quite moderate resources. This may be clearly observed in experience: private citizens do not seem to be less but more given to doing virtuous actions than princes and potentates. It is sufficient then if moderate resources are forthcoming; for a life of virtuous activity will be essentially a happy life. Aristotle
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Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Such behavior is irrational; unless the one party is, and the other is not, born to serve, in which case men have a right to command, not indeed all their fellows, but only those who are intended to be subjects; just as we ought not to hunt mankind, whether for food or sacrifice . . 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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Two characteristic marks have above all others been recognized as distinguishing that which has soul in it from that which has not - movement and sensation. Aristotle
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All food must be capable of being digested, and that what produces digestion is warmth; that is why everything that has soul in it possesses warmth. Aristotle
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There are two distinctive peculiarities by reference to which we characterize the soul (1) local movement and (2) thinking, discriminating, and perceiving. Thinking both speculative and practical is regarded as akin to a form of perceiving; for in the one as well as the other the soul discriminates and is cognizant of something which is. Aristotle
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We have divided the Virtues of the Soul into two groups, the Virtues of the Character and the Virtues of the Intellect. Aristotle
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[Prudence] is the virtue of that part of the intellect [the calculative] to which it belongs; and . . . our choice of actions will not be right without Prudence any more than without Moral Virtue, since, while Moral Virtue enables us to achieve the end, Prudence makes us adopt the right means to the end. Aristotle
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A human being is a naturally political [animal]. 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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A friend of everyone is a friend of no one 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 describe them, to know their causes and the way in which they are excited. Aristotle
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The activity of happiness must occupy an entire lifetime; for one swallow does not a summer make. Aristotle
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Law is mind without reason. 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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Nothing is what rocks dream about Aristotle
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To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
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Beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction. Aristotle
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This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. Aristotle
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Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil - and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. Aristotle
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Knowing what is right does not make sagacious man. Aristotle
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The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people, and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time, is commended. Aristotle
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It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. Aristotle
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To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. Aristotle
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No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature. Aristotle
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A fool contributes nothing worth hearing and takes offense at everything. 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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A man is his own best friend; therefore he ought to love himself best. Aristotle
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Injustice results as much from treating unequals equally as from treating equals unequally. Aristotle
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A democracy when put to the strain grows weak, and is supplanted by Oligarchy. Aristotle
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The souls ability to nourish itself lies in the heart. 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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If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life. Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. Aristotle
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The true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme poverty lowers the character of the democracy. Aristotle
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It is no part of a physician's business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients. 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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Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech. Aristotle
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A true friend is one soul divided into two people. 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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A man becomes a friend whenever being loved he loves in return. Aristotle
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When the looms spin by themselves, we'll have no need for slaves. 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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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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...happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it... Aristotle
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We become brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle
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All human happiness and misery take the form of action. Aristotle
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We are the sum of our actions, and therefore our habits make all the difference. Aristotle
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Happiness is the highest good Aristotle
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Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative 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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... the friendship of worthless people has a bad effect (because they take part, unstable as they are, in worthless pursuits, and actually become bad through each other's influence). But the friendship of the good is good, and increases in goodness because of their association. They seem even to become better men by exercising their friendship and improving each other; for the traits that they admire in each other get transferred to themselves. Aristotle
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Tragedy is an imitation not only of a complete action, but of events inspiring fear and pity. Such an effect is best produced when the events come on us by surprise; and the effect is heightened when, at the same time, they follow as cause and effect. The tragic wonder will then be great than if they happened of themselves or by accident; for even coincidences are most striking when they have an air of design. Aristotle
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Being a father is the most rewarding thing a man whose career has plateaued can do. Aristotle
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Of the tyrant, spies and informers are the principal instruments. War is his favorite occupation, for the sake of engrossing the attention of the people, and making himself necessary to them as their leader. Aristotle
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Beauty is the gift of God 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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Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic? 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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It is through wonder that men now begin and originally began to philosophize; wondering in the first place at obvious perplexities, and then by gradual progression raising questions about the greater matters too. Aristotle
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