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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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...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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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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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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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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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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He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. 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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A friend is another I. Aristotle
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If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature. Aristotle
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In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength. 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 be ignorant of motion is to be ignorant of nature Aristotle
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Melancholy men, of all others, are the most witty. Aristotle
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Temperance and bravery, then, are ruined by excess and deficiency, but preserved by the mean. Aristotle
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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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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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We must as second best, as people say, take the least of the evils. Aristotle
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And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. 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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It is possible to fail in many ways . . . while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult - to miss the mark easy, to hit it difficult). Aristotle
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The soul is characterized by these capacities; self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and movement. Aristotle
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Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend. Aristotle
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The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either. Aristotle
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The more you know, the more you know you don't know. 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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Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action... Aristotle
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Some vices miss what is right because they are deficient, others because they are excessive, in feelings or in actions, while virtue finds and chooses the mean. Aristotle
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It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor... the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting. 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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Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. Aristotle
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Yet the true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme povery lowers the character of the democracy; measures therefore should be taken which will give them lasting prosperity; and as this is equally the interest of all classes, the proceeds of the public revenues should be accumulated and distributed among its poor, if possible, in such quantities as may enable them to purchase a little farm, or, at any rate, make a beginning in trade or husbandry. Aristotle
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Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. Aristotle
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Life in the true sense is perceiving or thinking. Aristotle
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We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage. Aristotle
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