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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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Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. 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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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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The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want. Aristotle
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Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money or killed by their courage. Aristotle
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Good laws, if they are not obeyed, do not constitute good government. Aristotle
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It is evident that the state is a creation of nature, and that man is by nature a political animal. 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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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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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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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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It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. Aristotle
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It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. 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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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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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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We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous. 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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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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The fool tells me his reason; the wise man persuades me with my own. Aristotle
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Let us first understand the facts and then we may seek the cause. Aristotle
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There is nothing unequal as the equal treatment of unequals. Aristotle
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It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in 'Timaeus' is different from what he says in his so-called 'unwritten teachings.' Aristotle
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Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in. Aristotle
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There is always something new coming out of Africa. Aristotle
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The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool. Aristotle
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Hippodamus, son of Euryphon, a native of Miletus, invented the art of planning and laid out the street plan of Piraeus. Aristotle
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Friendship is two souls inhabiting one body. Aristotle
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Nature operates in the shortest way possible. Aristotle
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Worthless persons appointed to have supreme control of weighty affairs do a lot of damage. Aristotle
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What you have to learn to do, you learn by doing. Aristotle
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The quality of a life is determined by its activities. 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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For knowing is spoken of in three ways: it may be either universal knowledge or knowledge proper to the matter in hand or actualising such knowledge; consequently three kinds of error also are possible. Aristotle
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All men naturally desire knowledge. An indication of this is our esteem for the senses; for apart from their use we esteem them for their own sake, and most of all the sense of sight. Not only with a view to action, but even when no action is contemplated, we prefer sight, generally speaking, to all the other senses. The reason of this is that of all the senses sight best helps us to know things, and reveals many distinctions. Aristotle
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If then nature makes nothing without some end in view, nothing to no purpose, it must be that nature has made all of them for the sake of man. Aristotle
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A vivid image compels the whole body to follow. Aristotle
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This body is not a home, but an inn; and that only for a short time. Seneca Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
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Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids. Aristotle
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They - Young People have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things - and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning - all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything - they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else. Aristotle
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One swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day. Aristotle
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To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men. Aristotle
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When we deliberate it is about means and not ends. Aristotle
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The physician heals, Nature makes well. Aristotle
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But nature flies from the infinite; for the infinite is imperfect, and nature always seeks an end. Aristotle
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Men must be able to engage in business and go to war, but leisure and peace are better; they must do what is necessary and indeed what is useful, but what is honorable is better. On such principles children and persons of every age which requires education should be trained. Aristotle
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Nature herself, as has been often said, requires that we should be able, not only to work well, but to use leisure well; for, as I must repeat once again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end. Aristotle
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Leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment of life, which are experienced, not by the busy man, but by those who have leisure. Aristotle
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To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls. Aristotle
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The End is included among goods of the soul, and not among external goods. Aristotle
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Now the goodness that we have to consider is clearly human goodness, since the good or happiness which we set out to seek was human good and human happiness. But human goodness means in our view excellence of soul, not excellence of body; Aristotle
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