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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Of the irrational part of the soul again one division appears to be common to all living things, and of a vegetative nature. Aristotle
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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
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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
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We have next to consider the formal definition of virtue. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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Rightness in our choice of an end is secured by [Moral] Virtue; Aristotle
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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
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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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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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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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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
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Time is the measurable unit of movement concerning a before and an after. Aristotle
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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Some believe it to be just friends wanting, as if to be healthy enough to wish health. Aristotle
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We are what we reblog. 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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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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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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