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Again, the male is by nature superior, and the female inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled; this principle, of necessity, extends to all mankind. Aristotle

All are agreed that the various moral qualities are in a sense bestowed by nature: we are just, and capable of temperance, and brave, and possessed of the other virtues from the moment of our birth. But nevertheless we expect to find that true goodness is something different, and that the virtues in the true sense come to belong to us in another way. For even children and wild animals possess the natural dispositions, yet without Intelligence these may manifestly be harmful. Aristotle

In the human species at all events there is a great diversity of pleasures. The same things delight some men and annoy others, and things painful and disgusting to some are pleasant and attractive to others. Aristotle

In seeking for justice men seek for the mean or neutral, for the law is the mean. Again, customary laws have more weight, and relate to more important matters, than written laws, and a man may be a safer ruler than the written law, but not safer than the customary law. Aristotle

When couples have children in excess, let abortion be procured before sense and life have begun; what may or may not be lawfully done in these cases depends on the question of life and sensation. Aristotle

We have no evidence as yet about mind or the power to think; it seems to be a widely different kind of soul, differing as what is eternal from what is perishable; it alone is capable of existence in isolation from all other psychic powers. Aristotle

Of the irrational part of the soul again one division appears to be common to all living things, and of a vegetative nature. Aristotle

The soul has two parts, one rational and the other irrational. Let us now similarly divide the rational part, and let it be assumed that there are two rational faculties, one whereby we contemplate those things whose first principles are invariable, and one whereby we contemplate those things which admit of variation. Aristotle

In [the soul] one part naturally rules, and the other is subject, and the virtue of the ruler we maintain to be different from that of the subject; the one being the virtue of the rational, and the other of the irrational part. Now, it is obvious that the same principle applies generally, and therefore almost all things rule and are ruled according to nature. Aristotle

We have next to consider the formal definition of virtue. Aristotle

Not every action or emotion however admits of the observance of a due mean. Indeed the very names of some directly imply evil, for instance malice, shamelessness, envy, and, of actions, adultery, theft, murder. All these and similar actions and feelings are blamed as being bad in themselves; it is not the excess or deficiency of them that we blame. It is impossible therefore ever to go right in regard to them - one must always be wrong; Aristotle

Moral virtue is a mean . . . between two vices, one of excess and the other of defect; . . . it is such a mean because it aims at hitting the middle point in feelings and in actions. This is why it is a hard task to be good, for it is hard to find the middle point in anything. Aristotle

Prudence as well as Moral Virtue determines the complete performance of a man's proper function: Virtue ensures the rightness of the end we aim at, Prudence ensures the rightness of the means we adopt to gain that end. Aristotle

Rightness in our choice of an end is secured by [Moral] Virtue; Aristotle

For well-being and health, again, the homestead should be airy in summer, and sunny in winter. A homestead possessing these qualities would be longer than it is deep; and its main front would face the south. Aristotle

The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisibles that are infinitely divisible. Aristotle

The first principle of all action is leisure. Aristotle

If happiness, then, is activity expressing virtue, it is reasonable for it to express the supreme virtue, which will be the virtueof the best thing. Aristotle

A young man is not a proper hearer of lectures on political science; for he is inexperienced in the actions that occur in life, but its discussions start from these and are about these; and, further, since he tends to follow his passions, his study will be vain and unprofitable, because the end that is aimed at is not knowledge but action. And it makes no difference whether he is young in years or youthful in character. Aristotle

So, if we must give a general formula applicable to all kinds of soul, we must describe it as the first actuality [entelechy] of anatural organized body. Aristotle

Young men have strong passions and tend to gratify them indiscriminately. Of the bodily desires, it is the sexual by which they are most swayed and in which they show absence of control...They are changeable and fickle in their desires which are violent while they last, but quickly over: their impulses are keen but not deep rooted. Aristotle

Speeches are like babies-easy to conceive but hard to deliver. Aristotle

Happiness is a quality of the soul...not a function of one's material circumstances. Aristotle

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

Men are marked from the moment of birth to rule or be ruled. Aristotle

Excellence or virtue is a settled disposition of the mind that determines our choice of actions and emotions and consists essentially in observing the mean relative to us ... a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect. Aristotle

The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things. Aristotle

Time is the measurable unit of movement concerning a before and an after. Aristotle

To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true. Aristotle

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered. Aristotle

Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do. Aristotle

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

By 'life,' we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay. Aristotle

All flatterers are mercenary, and all low-minded men are flatterers. Aristotle

All people by nature desire to know. An example of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves. Aristotle

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation. These two, your talents and the needs of the world, are the great wake up calls to your true vocation in life... to ignore this, is in some sense, is to lose your soul. Aristotle

But the virtues we get by first exercising them, as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g. men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre; so too we become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle

Some believe it to be just friends wanting, as if to be healthy enough to wish health. Aristotle

We are what we reblog. Aristotle

Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine ACTIONS than in the non-performance of base ones. Aristotle

It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit Aristotle

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

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children. Aristotle

Some men turn every quality or art into a means of making money; this they conceive to be the end, and to the promotion of the end all things must contribute. Aristotle

The first essential responsibility of the state is control of the market-place: there must be some official charged with the duty of seeing that honest dealing and good order prevail. For one of the well-nigh essential activities of all states is the buying and selling of goods to meet their mutual basic needs; this is the quickest way to self-sufficiency, which seems to be what moves men to combine under a single constitution. Aristotle

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

In educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain Aristotle

Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. Aristotle

The democrats think that as they are equal they ought to be equal in all things. Aristotle

The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. Aristotle

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

My lectures are published and not published; they will be intelligible to those who heard them, and to none beside. Aristotle

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard. Aristotle

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

You are what you repeatedly do Aristotle

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

A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed. Aristotle

He who thus considers things in their first growth and origin ... will obtain the clearest view of them. Aristotle

People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. Aristotle

We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means. Aristotle

Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling. Aristotle

Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms. Aristotle

The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants. Aristotle

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it Aristotle

Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible. Aristotle

One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect at the same time. Aristotle

All things are full of gods. Aristotle

Rhetoric is useful because the true and the just are naturally superior to their opposites, so that, if decisions are improperly made, they must owe their defeat to their own advocates; which is reprehensible. Further, in dealing with certain persons, even if we possessed the most accurate scientific knowledge, we should not find it easy to persuade them by the employment of such knowledge. For scientific discourse is concerned with instruction, but in the case of such persons instruction is impossible. Aristotle

A friend is simply one soul in two bodies. Aristotle

It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it. Aristotle



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