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Friendship also seems to be the bond that hold communities together. Aristotle

Everyone honors the wise. Aristotle

So that the lover of myths, which are a compact of wonders, is by the same token a lover of wisdom. Aristotle

In the works of Nature, purpose, not accident, is the main thing. Aristotle

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. Aristotle

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

The state exists for the sake of a good life, and not for the sake of life only. Aristotle

Art not only imitates nature, but also completes it deficiencies. Aristotle

Even when the laws have been written down, they ought not always remain unchanged. Aristotle

The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one. Aristotle

Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend. Aristotle

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

Therefore only an utterly senseless person can fail to know that our characters are the result of our conduct. Aristotle

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

Happiness is a state of activity. Aristotle

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

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

Wickedness is nourished by lust. Aristotle

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

Wit is well-bred insolence. Aristotle

It is easier to get one or a few of good sense, and of ability to legislate and adjudge, than to get many. Aristotle

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle

A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle

A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Aristotle

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

Change in all things is sweet. Aristotle

The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle

He who hath many friends hath none. Aristotle

Nature does nothing in vain. Aristotle

The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle

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

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. Aristotle

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

Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. Aristotle

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle

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

The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later. Aristotle

Life is only meaningful when we are striving for a goal . Aristotle

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

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

Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile. Aristotle

So it is clear that the search for what is just is a search for the mean; for the law is the mean. Aristotle

...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

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

Justice is the loveliest and health is the best. but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire. Aristotle

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

All friendly feelings toward others come from the friendly feelings a person has for himself. Aristotle

Between friends there is no need of justice. Aristotle

It is no easy task to be good. Aristotle

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

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

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle

Not to get what you have set your heart on is almost as bad as getting nothing at all. Aristotle

Knowing what is right does not make a sagacious man. Aristotle

The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man Aristotle

All men seek one goal: success or happiness. Aristotle

The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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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