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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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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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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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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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Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic? 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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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 Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction. 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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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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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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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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Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. 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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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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The quality of a life is determined by its activities. 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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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction. Aristotle
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Why do they call it proctology? Is it because analogy was already taken? 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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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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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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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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The blood of a goat will shatter a diamond. 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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