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It is the mark of an educated mind to expect that amount of exactness which the nature of the particular subject admits. It is equally unreasonable to accept merely probable conclusions from a mathematician and to demand strict demonstration from an orator. Aristotle

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

A gentleman is not disturbed by anything Aristotle

A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity. Aristotle

Metaphor is halfway between the unintelligible and the commonplace. Aristotle

The greatest victory is over self. Aristotle

Excellence is not an art. It is the habit of practice. Aristotle

It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others. Aristotle

Anyone can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way; this is not easy. Aristotle

Selfishness doesn't consist in a love to yourself, but in a big degree of such love. Aristotle

1 is not prime, by definition. 2 is an unnatural prime, 4 is an unnatural prime, and 6 is an unnatural prime. All other natural primes cannot be unnatural primes. Aristotle

It is easy to fly into a passion - anybody can do that - but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way - that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it. Aristotle

Why do men seek honour? Surely in order to confirm the favourable opinion they have formed of themselves. Aristotle

Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life. Aristotle

The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect; it is too exciting. Aristotle

For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches. Aristotle

No great genius is without an admixture of madness. Aristotle

...one Greek city state had a fundamental law: anyone proposing revisions to the constitution did so with a noose around his neck. If his proposal lost he was instantly hanged. Aristotle

And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. Aristotle

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

The blood of a goat will shatter a diamond. Aristotle

Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know. Aristotle

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

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

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

Persuasion is effected through the medium of the hearers, when they shall have been brought to a state of excitement under the influence of speech; for we do not, when influenced by pain or joy, or partiality or dislike, award our decisions in the same way; about which means of persuasion alone, I declare that the system-mongers of the present day busy themselves. Aristotle

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain. Aristotle

The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. Aristotle

Most people would rather give than get affection. Aristotle

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle

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

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence. Aristotle

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. Aristotle

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle

...happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves.... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.... Aristotle

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. Aristotle

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. Aristotle

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. Aristotle

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

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

Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him. Aristotle

The most beautiful colors laid on at random, give less pleasure than a black-and-white drawing. Aristotle

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

Adventure is worthwhile. Aristotle

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. Aristotle

Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies. Aristotle

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. Aristotle

Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune. Aristotle

Philosophy is the science which considers truth. Aristotle

Nature does nothing without a purpose. In children may be observed the traces and seeds of what will one day be settled psychological habits, though psychologically a child hardly differs for the time being from an animal. Aristotle

The things best to know are first principles and causes, but these things are perhaps the most difficult for men to grasp, for they are farthest removed from the senses ... Aristotle

The error of Socrates must be attributed to the false notion of unity from which he starts. Unity there should be, both of the family and of the state, but in some respects only. For there is a point at which a state may attain such a degree of unity as to be no longer a state, or at which, without actually ceasing to exist, it will become an inferior state, like harmony passing into unison, or rhythm which has been reduced to a single foot. The state, as I was saying, is a plurality which should be united and made into a community by education Aristotle

In the first place, then, men should guard against the beginning of change, and in the second place they should not rely upon the political devices of which I have already spoken invented only to deceive the people, for they are proved by experience to be useless. Aristotle

Democracy appears to be safer and less liable to revolution than oligarchy. For in oligarchies there is the double danger of the oligarchs falling out among themselves and also with the people; but in democracies there is only the danger of a quarrel with the oligarchs. No dissension worth mentioning arises among the people themselves. And we may further remark that 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

Since the whole city has one end, it is manifest that education should be one and the same for all, and that it should be public, and not private - not as at present, when every one looks after his own children separately, and gives them separate instruction of the sort which he thinks best; the training in things which are of common interest should be the same for all. Neither must we suppose that any one of the citizens belongs to himself, for they all belong to the state, and are each of them a part of the state, and the care of each part is inseparable from the care of the whole. Aristotle

That education should be regulated by law and should be an affair of state is not to be denied, but what should be the character of this public education, and how young persons should be educated, are questions which remain to be considered. As things are, there is disagreement about the subjects. For mankind are by no means agreed about the things to be taught, whether we look to virtue or the best life. Neither is it clear whether education is more concerned with intellectual or with moral virtue. Aristotle

These, then, are the four kinds of royalty. First the monarchy of the heroic ages; this was exercised over voluntary subjects, but limited to certain functions; the king was a general and a judge, and had the control of religion The second is that of the barbarians, which is a hereditary despotic government in accordance with law. A third is the power of the so-called Aesynmete or Dictator; this is an elective tyranny. The fourth is the Lacedaemonian, which is in fact a generalship, hereditary and perpetual. Aristotle

Of governments there are said to be only two forms - democracy and oligarchy. For aristocracy is considered to be a kind of oligarchy, as being the rule of a few, and the so-called constitutional government to be really a democracy. Aristotle

Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers, and oligarchy in which the rich; it is only an accident that the free are the many and the rich are the few. Aristotle

In the many forms of government which have sprung up there has always been an acknowledgement of justice and proportionate equality, although mankind fail in attaining them, as indeed I have already explained. Democracy, for example, 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

Now it is evident that the form of government is best in which every man, whoever he is, can act best and live happily. Aristotle

Some things the legislator must find ready to his hand in a state, others he must provide. And therefore we can only say: May our state be constituted in such a manner as to be blessed with the goods of which fortune disposes (for we acknowledge her power): whereas virtue and goodness in the state are not a matter of chance but the result of knowledge and purpose. A city can be virtuous only when the citizens who have a share in the government are virtuous, and in our state all the citizens share in the government; Aristotle

Neither should men study war with a view to the enslavement of those who do not deserve to be enslaved; but first of all they should provide against their own enslavement, and in the second place obtain empire for the good of the governed, and not for the sake of exercising a general despotism, and in the third place they should seek to be masters only over those who deserve to be slaves. Aristotle

No one praises happiness as one praises justice, but we call it a 'blessing,' deeming it something higher and more divine than things we praise. Aristotle



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