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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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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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In educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain Aristotle
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Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. Aristotle
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The democrats think that as they are equal they ought to be equal in all things. Aristotle
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The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. Aristotle
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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
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The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisibles that are infinitely divisible. Aristotle
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The first principle of all action is leisure. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Speeches are like babies-easy to conceive but hard to deliver. Aristotle
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The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it Aristotle
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We should aim rather at leveling down our desires than leveling up our means. Aristotle
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Time past, even God is deprived of the power of recalling. Aristotle
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Man is the metre of all things, the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms. Aristotle
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Men are marked from the moment of birth to rule or be ruled. Aristotle
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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
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Life is only meaningful when we are striving for a goal . Aristotle
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It has been handed down in mythical form from earliest times to posterity, that there are gods, and that the divine (Deity) compasses all nature. All beside this has been added, after the mythical style, for the purpose of persuading the multitude, and for the interests of the laws, and the advantage of the state. Aristotle
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The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissension and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them permanent need of a chief. Aristotle
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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
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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
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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle
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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle
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A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle
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A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle
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Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Aristotle
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He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. Aristotle
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Change in all things is sweet. Aristotle
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The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle
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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle
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He who hath many friends hath none. Aristotle
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Nature does nothing in vain. Aristotle
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The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle
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All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle
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The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle
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The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness. Aristotle
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I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle
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Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. Aristotle
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For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all. Aristotle
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Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle
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A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. Aristotle
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It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle
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A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold. Aristotle
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The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later. Aristotle
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All things are full of gods. Aristotle
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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
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A friend is simply one soul in two bodies. Aristotle
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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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By 'life,' we mean a thing that can nourish itself and grow and decay. Aristotle
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All flatterers are mercenary, and all low-minded men are flatterers. Aristotle
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Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend. Aristotle
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A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange.... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship. Aristotle
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Therefore only an utterly senseless person can fail to know that our characters are the result of our conduct. Aristotle
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But the greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. Aristotle
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One cannot say of something that it is and that it is not in the same respect at the same time. 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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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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A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed. Aristotle
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He who thus considers things in their first growth and origin ... will obtain the clearest view of them. Aristotle
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