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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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Happiness is a state of activity. Aristotle
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The trade of the petty usurer is hated with most reason: it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it from the process which currency was meant to serve. Their common characteristic is obviously their sordid avarice. Aristotle
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We are masters of our actions from the beginning up to the very end. But, in the case of our habits, we are only masters of their commencement-each particular little increase being as imperceptible as in the case of bodily infirmities. But yet our habits are voluntary, in that it was once in our power to adopt or not to adopt such or such a course of conduct. Aristotle
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Wickedness is nourished by lust. Aristotle
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The majority of mankind would seem to be beguiled into error by pleasure, which, not being really a good, yet seems to be so. So that they indiscriminately choose as good whatsoever gives them pleasure, while they avoid all pain alike as evil. Aristotle
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Wit is well-bred insolence. Aristotle
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It is easier to get one or a few of good sense, and of ability to legislate and adjudge, than to get many. Aristotle
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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 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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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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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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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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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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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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The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants. Aristotle
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The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it Aristotle
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Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible. 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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Friendship also seems to be the bond that hold communities together. Aristotle
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Everyone honors the wise. 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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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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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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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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So it is clear that the search for what is just is a search for the mean; for the law is the mean. Aristotle
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...the life which is best for men, both separately, as individuals, and in the mass, as states, is the life which has virtue sufficiently supported by material resources to facilitate participation in the actions that virtue calls for. Aristotle
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But since there is but one aim for the entire state, it follows that education must be one and the same for all, and that the responsibility for it must be a public one, not the private affair which it now is, each man looking after his own children and teaching them privately whatever private curriculum he thinks they ought to study. Aristotle
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Justice is the loveliest and health is the best. but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire. Aristotle
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The male has more teeth than the female in mankind, and sheep and goats, and swine. This has not been observed in other animals. Those persons which have the greatest number of teeth are the longest lived; those which have them widely separated, smaller, and more scattered, are generally more short lived. Aristotle
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All friendly feelings toward others come from the friendly feelings a person has for himself. Aristotle
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Between friends there is no need of justice. Aristotle
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It is no easy task to be good. Aristotle
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If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is. Aristotle
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The sun, moving as it does, sets up processes of change and becoming and decay, and by its agency the finest and sweetest water is every day carried up and is dissolved into vapour and rises to the upper region, where it is condensed again by the cold and so returns to the earth. This, as we have said before, is the regular course of nature. Aristotle
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A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle
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Not to get what you have set your heart on is almost as bad as getting nothing at all. Aristotle
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Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man. Aristotle
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The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man Aristotle
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All men seek one goal: success or happiness. Aristotle
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The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. Aristotle
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How strange it is that Socrates, after having made the children common, should hinder lovers from carnal intercourse only, but should permit love and familiarities between father and son or between brother and brother, than which nothing can be more unseemly, since even without them love of this sort is improper. How strange, too, to forbid intercourse for no other reason than the violence of the pleasure, as though the relationship of father and son or of brothers with one another made no difference. Aristotle
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A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state, especially of the highest of all. The government is everywhere sovereign in the state, and the constitution is in fact the government. Aristotle
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If what was said in the Ethics is true, that the happy life is the life according to virtue lived without impediment, and that virtue is a mean, then the life which is in a mean, and in a mean attainable by every one, must be the best. And the same principles of virtue and vice are characteristic of cities and of constitutions; for the constitution is in a figure the life of the city. Aristotle
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Special care should be taken of the health of the inhabitants, which will depend chiefly on the healthiness of the locality and of the quarter to which they are exposed, and secondly on the use of pure water; this latter point is by no means a secondary consideration. For the elements which we use the most and oftenest for the support of the body contribute most to health, and among those are water and air. Wherefore, in all wise states, if there is want of pure water, and the supply is not all equally good, the drinking water ought to be separated from that which is used for other purposes. Aristotle
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Great and frequent reverses can crush and mar our bliss both by the pain they cause and by the hindrance they offer to many activities. Yet nevertheless even in adversity nobility shines through, when a man endures repeated and severe misfortune with patience, not owing to insensibility but from generosity and greatness of soul. Aristotle
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