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Aristotle
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Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents. Aristotle
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The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. Aristotle
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It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil. Aristotle
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For the real difference between humans and other animals is that humans alone have perception of good and evil, just and unjust, etc. It is the sharing of a common view in these matters that makes a household and a state. Aristotle
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.. for desire is like a wild beast, and anger perverts rulers and the very best of men. Hence law is intelligence without appetition. Aristotle
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The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest. Aristotle
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He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved. Aristotle
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Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle
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Anaximenes and Anaxagoras and Democritus say that its [the earth's] flatness is responsible for it staying still: for it does not cut the air beneath but covers it like a lid, which flat bodies evidently do: for they are hard to move even for the winds, on account of their resistance. Aristotle
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If there is any kind of animal which is female and has no male separate from it, it is possible that this may generate a young one from itself. No instance of this worthy of any credit has been observed up to the present at any rate, but one case in the class of fishes makes us hesitate. No male of the so-called erythrinus has ever yet been seen, but females, and specimens full of roe, have been seen. Of this, however, we have as yet no proof worthy of credit. Aristotle
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Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. Aristotle
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Greed has no boundaries Aristotle
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Since we think we understand when we know the explanation, and there are four types of explanation (one, what it is to be a thing; one, that if certain things hold it is necessary that this does; another, what initiated the change; and fourth, the aim), all these are proved through the middle term. Aristotle
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Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much. 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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Evil brings men together. 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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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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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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To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. 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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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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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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...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 no part of a physician's business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients. 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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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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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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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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For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. Aristotle
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All art is concerned with coming into being; for it is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature. Aristotle
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That judges of important causes should hold office for life is a questionable thing, for the mind grows old as well as the body. Aristotle
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Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles. Aristotle
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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. Aristotle
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Happiness depends on ourselves. Aristotle
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We do not know a truth without knowing its cause. Aristotle
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There is more evidence to prove that saltness [of the sea] is due to the admixture of some substance, besides that which we have adduced. Make a vessel of wax and put it in the sea, fastening its mouth in such a way as to prevent any water getting in. Then the water that percolates through the wax sides of the vessel is sweet, the earthy stuff, the admixture of which makes the water salt, being separated off as it were by a filter. Aristotle
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...we are all inclined to ... direct our inquiry not by the matter itself, but by the views of our opponents; and, even when interrogating oneself, one pushes the inquiry only to the point at which one can no longer offer any opposition. Hence a good inquirer will be one who is ready in bringing forward the objections proper to the genus, and that he will be when he has gained an understanding of the differences. Aristotle
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What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. Aristotle
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We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous. Aristotle
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