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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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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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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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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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...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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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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Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain. Aristotle
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It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. 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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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
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Our actions determine our dispositions. 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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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. 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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To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary, - nature, study, and practice. 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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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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My lectures are published and not published; they will be intelligible to those who heard them, and to none beside. 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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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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It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered. Aristotle
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Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do. Aristotle
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It is of itself that the divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking. Aristotle
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