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Our actions determine our dispositions. 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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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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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
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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
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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
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To be always seeking after the useful does not become free and exalted souls. Aristotle
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The End is included among goods of the soul, and not among external goods. Aristotle
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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Happiness is a certain activity of soul in conformity with perfect goodness Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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There's many a slip between the cup and the lip. Aristotle
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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
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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
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Money originated with royalty and slavery, it has nothing to do with democracy or the struggle of the empoverished enslaved majority. 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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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
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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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A gentleman is not disturbed by anything 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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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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If you prove the cause, you at once prove the effect; and conversely nothing can exist without its cause. Aristotle
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Fate of empires depends on the education of youth 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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Happiness is a quality of the soul...not a function of one's material circumstances. Aristotle
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If purpose, then, is inherent in art, so is it in Nature also. The best illustration is the case of a man being his own physician, for Nature is like that - agent and patient at once. Aristotle
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Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine ACTIONS than in the non-performance of base ones. Aristotle
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It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit Aristotle
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Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention them, but prove attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothing about them. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree. Aristotle
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The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children. 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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Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. Aristotle
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Modesty is hardly to be described as a virtue. It is a feeling rather than a disposition. It is a kind of fear of falling into disrepute. Aristotle
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You are what you repeatedly do Aristotle
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It makes no difference whether a good man has defrauded a bad man, or a bad man defrauded a good man, or whether a good or bad man has committed adultery: the law can look only to the amount of damage done. Aristotle
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So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind. Aristotle
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Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile. Aristotle
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Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible. Aristotle
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Those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons. Aristotle
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