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Of actions some aim at what is necessary and useful, and some at what is honorable. And the preference given to one or the other class of actions must necessarily be like the preference given to one or other part of the soul and its actions over the other; there must be war for the sake of peace, business for the sake of leisure, things useful and necessary for the sake of things honorable. Aristotle

That the equalization of property exercises an influence on political society was clearly understood even by some of the old legislators. Laws were made by Solon and others prohibiting an individual from possessing as much land as he pleased; Aristotle

A government which is composed of the middle class more nearly approximates to democracy than to oligarchy, and is the safest of the imperfect forms of government. Aristotle

Of old, the demagogue was also a general, and then democracies changed into tyrannies. Most of the ancient tyrants were originally demagogues. They are not so now, but they were then; and the reason is that they were generals and not orators, for oratory had not yet come into fashion. Aristotle

A thing chosen always as an end and never as a means we call absolutely final. Now happiness above all else appears to be absolutely final in this sense, since we always choose it for its own sake and never as a means to something else. Aristotle

The happy man . . . will be always or at least most often employed in doing and contemplating the things that are in conformity with virtue. And he will bear changes of fortunes most nobly, and with perfect propriety in every way. Aristotle

Happiness is a certain activity of soul in conformity with perfect goodness Aristotle

A good man may make the best even of poverty and disease, and the other ills of life; but he can only attain happiness under the opposite conditions Aristotle

The avarice of mankind is insatiable; at one time two obols was pay enough; but now, when this sum has become customary, men always want more and more without end. Aristotle

Those who merely possess the goods of fortune may be haughty and insolent; . . . they try to imitate the great-souled man without being really like him, and only copy him in what they can, reproducing his contempt for others but not his virtuous conduct. For the great-souled man is justified in despising other people - his estimates are correct; but most proud men have no good ground for their pride. Aristotle

When we look at the matter from another point of view, great caution would seem to be required. For the habit of lightly changing the laws is an evil, and, when the advantage is small, some errors both of lawgivers and rulers had better be left; the citizen will not gain so much by making the change as he will lose by the habit of disobedience. Aristotle

What has soul in it differs from what has not, in that the former displays life. Now this word has more than one sense, and provided any one alone of these is found in a thing we say that thing is living. Living, that is, may mean thinking or perception or local movement and rest, or movement in the sense of nutrition, decay and growth. Hence we think of plants also as living, for they are observed to possess in themselves an originative power through which they increase or decrease in all spatial directions; Aristotle

There's many a slip between the cup and the lip. Aristotle

Every community is an association of some kind and every community is established with a view to some good; for everyone always acts in order to obtain that which they think good. But, if all communities aim at some good, the state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good. Aristotle

Rising before daylight is also to be commended; it is a healthy habit, and gives more time for the management of the household as well as for liberal studies. Aristotle

The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning. Aristotle

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

The angry man wishes the object of his anger to suffer in return; hatred wishes its object not to exist. Aristotle

Money originated with royalty and slavery, it has nothing to do with democracy or the struggle of the empoverished enslaved majority. Aristotle

One kind of justice is that which is manifested in distributions of honour or money or the other things that fall to be divided among those who have a share in the constitution ... and another kind is that which plays a rectifying part in transactions. Aristotle

But also philosophy is not about perceptible substances they, you see, are prone to destruction. Aristotle

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

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

Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends. Aristotle

What we expect, that we find. Aristotle

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

That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal. (Travel over any finite distance can neither be completed nor begun, and so all motion must be an illusion.) Aristotle

Our actions determine our dispositions. Aristotle

Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it. Aristotle

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

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

The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward. Aristotle

Neither old people nor sour people seem to make friends easily; for there is little that is pleasant in them... Aristotle

To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary, - nature, study, and practice. Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. Aristotle

Walked right by an ex-girlfriend today. Not on purpose, I just didn't recognize her with her mouth closed. Aristotle

PLOT is CHARACTER revealed by ACTION. Aristotle

While fiction is often impossible, it should not be implausible. Aristotle

Property should be in a general sense common, but as a general rule private... In well-ordered states, although every man has his own property, some things he will place at the disposal of his friends, while of others he shares the use of them. Aristotle

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. Aristotle

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

One thing alone not even God can do,To make undone whatever hath been done. Aristotle

Female cats are very Lascivious, and make advances to the male. Aristotle

The goal of war is peace, of business, leisure Aristotle

We are what we do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle

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

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

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

We are what we frequently do. Aristotle

Hippocrates is an excellent geometer but a complete fool in everyday affairs. Aristotle

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

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

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

The law is reason unaffected by desire. Aristotle

When you ask a dumb question, you get a smart answer. Aristotle

Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort Aristotle

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

Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed. Aristotle

... 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

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

Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain. Aristotle

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

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

If you prove the cause, you at once prove the effect; and conversely nothing can exist without its cause. Aristotle

Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish. Aristotle

All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature. Aristotle

There must be in prudence also some master virtue. Aristotle

A king ruleth as he ought, a tyrant as he lists, a king to the profit of all, a tyrant only to please a few. Aristotle

Fate of empires depends on the education of youth Aristotle



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