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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. Aristotle
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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. Aristotle
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It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought. Aristotle
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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. Aristotle
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A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle
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The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle
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Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle
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Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. Aristotle
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He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature. Aristotle
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The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle
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The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. Aristotle
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Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. Aristotle
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The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. Aristotle
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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. Aristotle
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No one who desires to become good will become good unless he does good things. Aristotle
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Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle
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Purpose is a desire for something in our own power, coupled with an investigation into its means. Aristotle
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Legislative enactments proceed from men carrying their views a long time back; while judicial decisions are made off hand. Aristotle
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For that which has become habitual, becomes as it were natural. Aristotle
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Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. Aristotle
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The eyes of some persons are large, others small, and others of a moderate size; the last-mentioned are the best. And some eyes are projecting, some deep-set, and some moderate, and those which are deep-set have the most acute vision in all animals; the middle position is a sign of the best disposition. Aristotle
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