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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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The Life of the intellect is the best and pleasantest for man, because the intellect more than anything else is the man. Thus it will be the happiest life as well. Aristotle
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Phronimos, possessing practical wisdom . But the only virtue special to a ruler is practical wisdom; all the others must be possessed, so it seems, both by rulers and ruled. The virtue of a person being ruled is not practical wisdom but correct opinion; he is rather like a person who makes the pipes, while the ruler is the one who can play them. Aristotle
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A man who examines each subject from a philosophical standpoint cannot neglect them: he has to omit nothing, and state the truth about each topic. Aristotle
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The right constitutions, three in number- kingship, aristocracy, and polity- and the deviations from these, likewise three in number - tyranny from kingship, oligarchy from aristocracy, democracy from polity. Aristotle
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For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history. Aristotle
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For any two portions of fire, small or great, will exhibit the same ratio of solid to void; but the upward movement of the greater is quicker than that of the less, just as the downward movement of a mass of gold or lead, or of any other body endowed with weight, is quicker in proportion to its size. Aristotle
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A line is not made up of points. ... In the same way, time is not made up parts considered as indivisible 'nows.' Part of Aristotle's reply to Zeno's paradox concerning continuity. Aristotle
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The Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction. Aristotle
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What is common to many is least taken care of, for all men have greater regard for what is their own than what they possess in common with others. Aristotle
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It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. Aristotle
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We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him. Aristotle
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Victory is plesant, not only to those who love to conquer, bot to all; for there is produced an idea of superiority, which all with more or less eagerness desire. Aristotle
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Youth should stay away from all evil, especially things that produce wickedness and ill-will. 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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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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In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interest are at stake. Aristotle
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Now that practical skills have developed enough to provide adequately for material needs, one of these sciences which are not devoted to utilitarian ends [mathematics] has been able to arise in Egypt, the priestly caste there having the leisure necessary for disinterested research. Aristotle
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If men are given food, but no chastisement nor any work, they become insolent. Aristotle
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For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one's strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases and preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues. This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended. Aristotle
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... a science must deal with a subject and its properties. Aristotle
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You can never learn anything that you did not already know Aristotle
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A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover. Aristotle
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And what has come to prevail in democracies is the very reverse of beneficial, in those, that is, which are regarded as the most democratically run. The reason for this lies in the failure properly to define liberty. For there are two marks by which democracy is thought to be defined: "sovereignty of the majority" and "liberty." "Just" is equated with what is equal, and the decision of the majority as to what is equal is regarded as sovereign; and liberty is seen in terms of doing what one wants. Aristotle
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Men pay most attention to what is their own: they care less for what is common; or, at any rate, they care for it only to the extent to which each is individually concerned. Aristotle
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Now property is part of a household, and the acquisition of property part of household-management; for neither life itself nor the good life is possible without a certain minimum supply of the necessities. Aristotle
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Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. 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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Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. Aristotle
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Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny. Aristotle
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Anything whose presence or absence makes no discernible difference is no essential part of the whole. Aristotle
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Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much. Aristotle
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That which is impossible and probable is better than that which is possible and improbable. Aristotle
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We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous. Aristotle
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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction. Aristotle
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The end of labor is to gain leisure. It is a great saying. Aristotle
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The quality of a life is determined by its activities. Aristotle
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While those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations. Aristotle
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One has no friend who has many friends. Aristotle
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We laugh at that which we cannot bear to face. Aristotle
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