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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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Everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it. Aristotle
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It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to be distressed and annonyed at everything. Moreover the small-minded man is the sort of person to call all slights an insult and dishonor, even those that are due to ignorance or forgetfulness. Small-mindedness is accompanied by pettiness, querulousness, pessimism and self-abasement. Aristotle
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Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it; People become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarily, we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones. 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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The actuality of thought is life. Aristotle
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Demonstration is also something necessary, because a demonstration cannot go otherwise than it does, ... And the cause of this lies with the primary premises/principles. Aristotle
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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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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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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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First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. 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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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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...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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It is a part of probability that many improbable things will happen. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
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The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle
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The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle
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Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
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The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle
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The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle
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If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way. 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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Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle
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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 government to the utmost. 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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Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. Aristotle
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