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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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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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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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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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If you prove the cause, you at once prove the effect; and conversely nothing can exist without its cause. Aristotle
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Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish. Aristotle
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All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature. Aristotle
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There must be in prudence also some master virtue. Aristotle
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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
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Fate of empires depends on the education of youth Aristotle
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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
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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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A gentleman is not disturbed by anything Aristotle
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A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity. Aristotle
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Metaphor is halfway between the unintelligible and the commonplace. Aristotle
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The greatest victory is over self. Aristotle
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Excellence is not an art. It is the habit of practice. Aristotle
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It seems that ambition makes most people wish to be loved rather than to love others. Aristotle
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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
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Selfishness doesn't consist in a love to yourself, but in a big degree of such love. Aristotle
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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
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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
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Why do men seek honour? Surely in order to confirm the favourable opinion they have formed of themselves. Aristotle
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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
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The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect; it is too exciting. Aristotle
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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
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No great genius is without an admixture of madness. Aristotle
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...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
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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
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Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. 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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Adventure is worthwhile. Aristotle
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Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. Aristotle
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Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies. Aristotle
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To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. Aristotle
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Men cling to life even at the cost of enduring great misfortune. Aristotle
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Philosophy is the science which considers truth. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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