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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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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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Peace is more difficult than war. Aristotle
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The senses are gateways to the intelligence. There is nothing in the intelligence which did not first pass through the senses. Aristotle
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All communication must lead to change Aristotle
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Education and morals will be found almost the whole that goes to make a good man. Aristotle
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The laws are, and ought to be, relative to the constitution, and not the constitution to the laws. A constitution is the organization of offices in a state, and determines what is to be the governing body, and what is the end of each community. But laws are not to be confounded with the principles of the constitution; they are the rules according to which the magistrates should administer the state, and proceed against offenders. Aristotle
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It is evident, then, that there is a sort of education in which parents should train their sons, not as being useful or necessary, but because it is liberal or noble. Aristotle
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Indeed, we may go further and assert that anyone who does not delight in fine actions is not even a good man. Aristotle
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It has been well said that 'he who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.' The two are not the same, but the good citizen ought to be capable of both; he should know how to govern like a freeman, and how to obey like a freeman - these are the virtues of a citizen. Aristotle
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Just as a royal rule, if not a mere name, must exist by virtue of some great personal superiority in the king, so tyranny, which is the worst of governments, is necessarily the farthest removed from a well-constituted form; oligarchy is little better, for it is a long way from aristocracy, and democracy is the most tolerable of the three. Aristotle
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Now if there is any gift of the gods to men, it is reasonable that happiness should be god-given, and most surely god-given of all human things inasmuch as it is the best. But this question would perhaps be more appropriate to another inquiry; happiness seems, however, even if it is not god-sent but comes as a result of virtue and some process of learning and training, to be among the most god-like things; for that which is the prize and end of virtue seems to be the best thing in the world, and something god-like and blessed. Aristotle
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It is the activity of the intellect that constitutes complete human happiness - provided it be granted a complete span of life, for nothing that belongs to happiness can be incomplete. Aristotle
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The student of politics therefore as well as the psychologist must study the nature of the soul. Aristotle
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The soul consists of two parts, one irrational and the other capable of reason. (Whether these two parts are really distinct in the sense that the parts of the body or of any other divisible whole are distinct, or whether though distinguishable in thought as two they are inseparable in reality, like the convex and concave of a curve, is a question of no importance for the matter in hand.) Aristotle
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Now the soul of man is divided into two parts, one of which has a rational principle in itself, and the other, not having a rational principle in itself, is able to obey such a principle. And we call a man in any way good because he has the virtues of these two parts. Aristotle
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The virtues [moral excellence] therefore are engendered in us neither by nature nor yet in violation of nature; nature gives us the capacity to receive them, and this capacity is brought to maturity by habit. Aristotle
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Even if we could suppose the citizen body to be virtuous, without each of them being so, yet the latter would be better, for in the virtue of each the virtue of all is involved. Aristotle
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Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding. Aristotle
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Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. Aristotle
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Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character ofthe speaker; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third on the proof, provided by the words of the speech itself. 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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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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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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Anybody can get hit over the head. Aristotle
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Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny. Aristotle
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Justice is Equality...but equality of what? Aristotle
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One may go wrong in many different ways, but right only in one, which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed. Aristotle
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The high-minded man does not bear grudges, for it is not the mark of a great soul to remember injuries, but to forget them. Aristotle
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In inventing a model we may assume what we wish, but should avoid impossibilities. Aristotle
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No democracy can exist unless each of its citizens is as capable of outrage at injustice to another as he is of outrage at unjustice to himself. Aristotle
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Why do they call it proctology? Is it because analogy was already taken? Aristotle
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Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia. 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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It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. Aristotle
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Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know. Aristotle
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One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name. Aristotle
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It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good. But most people do not do these, but take refuge in theory and think they are being philosophers and will become good in this way, behaving somewhat like patients who listen attentively to their doctors, but do none of the things they are ordered to do. Aristotle
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Of means of persuading by speaking there are three species: some consist in the character of the speaker; others in the disposing the hearer a certain way; others in the thing itself which is said, by reason of its proving, or appearing to prove the point. Aristotle
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Persuasion is effected through the medium of the hearers, when they shall have been brought to a state of excitement under the influence of speech; for we do not, when influenced by pain or joy, or partiality or dislike, award our decisions in the same way; about which means of persuasion alone, I declare that the system-mongers of the present day busy themselves. Aristotle
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It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. Aristotle
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The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning. Aristotle
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A gentleman is not disturbed by anything Aristotle
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He who has conferred a benefit on anyone from motives of love or honor will feel pain, if he sees that the benefit is received without gratitude. 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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The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. Aristotle
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It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. Aristotle
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Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. Aristotle
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Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort Aristotle
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