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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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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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Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, and the arts have all had tendencies toward melancholia. 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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Men are good in but one way, but bad in many. Aristotle
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As our acts vary, our habits will follow in their course. Aristotle
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What is the highest good in all matters of action? To the name, there is almost complete agreement; for uneducated and educated alike call it happiness, and make happiness identical with the good life and successful living. They disagree, however, about the meaning of happiness. Aristotle
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Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. 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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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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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 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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Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of introduction. 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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It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. 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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Happiness itself is sufficient excuse. Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods. Wise men have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a man's own breast. Trust thyself. Aristotle
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Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed. Aristotle
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... the good for man is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or if there are more kinds of virtue than one, in accordance with the best and most perfect kind. Aristotle
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It [Justice] is complete virtue in the fullest sense, because it is the active exercise of complete virtue; and it is complete because its possessor can exercise it in relation to another person, and not only by himself. Aristotle
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Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain. Aristotle
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We are what we frequently do. Aristotle
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Hippocrates is an excellent geometer but a complete fool in everyday affairs. Aristotle
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And so long as they were at war, their power was preserved, but when they had attained empire they fell, for of the arts of peace they knew nothing, and had never engaged in any employment higher than war. Aristotle
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But the whole vital process of the earth takes place so gradually and in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life, that these changes are not observed, and before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed. Aristotle
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Again, it is possible to fail in many ways (for evil belongs to the class of the unlimited and good to that of the limited), 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); for these reasons also, then, excess and defect are characteristic of vice, and the mean of virtue; For men are good in but one way, but bad in many. Aristotle
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The law is reason unaffected by desire. Aristotle
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When you ask a dumb question, you get a smart answer. 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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