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Aristotle
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The legislator should direct his attention above all to the education of youth; for the neglect of education does harm to the constitution. The citizen should be molded to suit the form of government under which he lives. For each government has a peculiar character which originally formed and which continues to preserve it. The character of democracy creates democracy, and the character of oligarchy creates oligarchy. Aristotle
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Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends. Aristotle
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What we expect, that we find. Aristotle
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Hence intellect[ual perception] is both a beginning and an end, for the demonstrations arise from these, and concern them. As a result, one ought to pay attention to the undemonstrated assertions and opinions of experienced and older people, or of the prudent, no less than to demonstrations, for, because the have an experienced eye, they see correctly. Aristotle
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The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning. Aristotle
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It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed of an inability to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of an inability to defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. Aristotle
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The angry man wishes the object of his anger to suffer in return; hatred wishes its object not to exist. Aristotle
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Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice. Aristotle
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Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it. Aristotle
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Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice. Aristotle
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The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning. Aristotle
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Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art. Aristotle
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Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him. Aristotle
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The most beautiful colors laid on at random, give less pleasure than a black-and-white drawing. Aristotle
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Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons. 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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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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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
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Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle
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Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle
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No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle
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Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. Aristotle
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Most people would rather give than get affection. Aristotle
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The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle
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We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time. Aristotle
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Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence. Aristotle
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Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. Aristotle
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It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle
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The argument of Alcidamas: Everyone honours the wise. Thus the Parians have honoured Archilochus, in spite of his bitter tongue; the Chians Homer, though he was not their countryman; the Mytilenaeans Sappho, though she was a woman; the Lacedaemonians actually made Chilon a member of their senate, though they are the least literary of men; the inhabitants of Lampsacus gave public burial to Anaxagoras, though he was an alien, and honour him even to this day. Aristotle
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One thing alone not even God can do,To make undone whatever hath been done. Aristotle
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Female cats are very Lascivious, and make advances to the male. Aristotle
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The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure Aristotle
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We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
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Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle
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The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate. Aristotle
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Nowadays, for the sake of the advantage which is to be gained from the public revenues and from office, men want to be always in office. Aristotle
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If men think that a ruler is religious and has a reverence for the Gods, they are less afraid of suffering injustice at his hands. Aristotle
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Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish. Aristotle
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To leave the number of births unrestricted, as is done in most states, inevitably causes poverty among the citizens, and poverty produces crime and faction. Aristotle
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To let them share in the highest offices is to take a risk; inevitably, their unjust standards will cause them to commit injustice, and their lack of judgement will lead them into error. On the other hand there is a risk in not giving them a share, and in their non participation, for when there are many who have no property and no honours they inevitably constitute a huge hostile element in the state. But it can still remain open to them to participate in deliberating and judging. 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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If you prove the cause, you at once prove the effect; and conversely nothing can exist without its cause. 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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Happiness is something final and complete in itself, as being the aim and end of all practical activities whatever .... Happiness then we define as the active exercise of the mind in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue. Aristotle
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The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward. Aristotle
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Neither old people nor sour people seem to make friends easily; for there is little that is pleasant in them... Aristotle
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But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction. Aristotle
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There is only one condition in which we can imagine managers not needing subordinates, and masters not needing slaves. This condition would be that each (inanimate) instrument could do its own work. Aristotle
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