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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

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

For this reason poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history. Aristotle

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

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

The Eyes are the organs of temptation, and the Ears are the organs of instruction. Aristotle

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

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws. Aristotle

It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

That which is impossible and probable is better than that which is possible and improbable. Aristotle

One has no friend who has many friends. Aristotle

We laugh at that which we cannot bear to face. Aristotle

The fool tells me his reason; the wise man persuades me with my own. Aristotle

Let us first understand the facts and then we may seek the cause. Aristotle

There is nothing unequal as the equal treatment of unequals. Aristotle

It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in 'Timaeus' is different from what he says in his so-called 'unwritten teachings.' Aristotle

Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in. Aristotle

There is always something new coming out of Africa. Aristotle

The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool. Aristotle

Hippodamus, son of Euryphon, a native of Miletus, invented the art of planning and laid out the street plan of Piraeus. Aristotle

Friendship is two souls inhabiting one body. Aristotle

Nature operates in the shortest way possible. Aristotle

Worthless persons appointed to have supreme control of weighty affairs do a lot of damage. Aristotle

What you have to learn to do, you learn by doing. Aristotle

The quality of a life is determined by its activities. Aristotle

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

Men are good in but one way, but bad in many. Aristotle

As our acts vary, our habits will follow in their course. Aristotle

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

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

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle

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

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way. Aristotle

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

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle

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

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

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. Aristotle

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

All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. Aristotle

A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover. Aristotle

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

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

We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous. Aristotle

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

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

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

A vivid image compels the whole body to follow. Aristotle

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

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids. Aristotle

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

One swallow does not make a spring, nor does one fine day. Aristotle

To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men. Aristotle

When we deliberate it is about means and not ends. Aristotle

The physician heals, Nature makes well. Aristotle

But nature flies from the infinite; for the infinite is imperfect, and nature always seeks an end. Aristotle

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

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

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

To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls. Aristotle

The End is included among goods of the soul, and not among external goods. Aristotle

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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