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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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The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants. 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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Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile. 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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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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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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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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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle
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The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it 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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The state exists for the sake of a good life, and not for the sake of life only. Aristotle
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Art not only imitates nature, but also completes it deficiencies. Aristotle
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Even when the laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unchanged. Aristotle
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The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one. Aristotle
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Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. Aristotle
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When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence, originating in the bare needs of life, and continuing in existence for the sake of a good life. 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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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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So that the lover of myths, which are a compact of wonders, is by the same token a lover of wisdom. Aristotle
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In the works of Nature, purpose, not accident, is the main thing. 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 error of Socrates must be attributed to the false notion of unity from which he starts. Unity there should be, both of the family and of the state, but in some respects only. For there is a point at which a state may attain such a degree of unity as to be no longer a state, or at which, without actually ceasing to exist, it will become an inferior state, like harmony passing into unison, or rhythm which has been reduced to a single foot. The state, as I was saying, is a plurality which should be united and made into a community by education Aristotle
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In the first place, then, men should guard against the beginning of change, and in the second place they should not rely upon the political devices of which I have already spoken invented only to deceive the people, for they are proved by experience to be useless. Aristotle
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Democracy appears to be safer and less liable to revolution than oligarchy. For in oligarchies there is the double danger of the oligarchs falling out among themselves and also with the people; but in democracies there is only the danger of a quarrel with the oligarchs. No dissension worth mentioning arises among the people themselves. And we may further remark that 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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Since the whole city has one end, it is manifest that education should be one and the same for all, and that it should be public, and not private - not as at present, when every one looks after his own children separately, and gives them separate instruction of the sort which he thinks best; the training in things which are of common interest should be the same for all. Neither must we suppose that any one of the citizens belongs to himself, for they all belong to the state, and are each of them a part of the state, and the care of each part is inseparable from the care of the whole. Aristotle
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That education should be regulated by law and should be an affair of state is not to be denied, but what should be the character of this public education, and how young persons should be educated, are questions which remain to be considered. As things are, there is disagreement about the subjects. For mankind are by no means agreed about the things to be taught, whether we look to virtue or the best life. Neither is it clear whether education is more concerned with intellectual or with moral virtue. Aristotle
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These, then, are the four kinds of royalty. First the monarchy of the heroic ages; this was exercised over voluntary subjects, but limited to certain functions; the king was a general and a judge, and had the control of religion The second is that of the barbarians, which is a hereditary despotic government in accordance with law. A third is the power of the so-called Aesynmete or Dictator; this is an elective tyranny. The fourth is the Lacedaemonian, which is in fact a generalship, hereditary and perpetual. Aristotle
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