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Excellence or virtue in a man will be the disposition which renders him a good man and also which will cause him to perform his function well. Aristotle
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And inasmuch as the great-souled man deserves most, he must be the best of men; for the better a man is the more he deserves, and he that is best deserves most. Therefore the truly great-souled man must be a good man. Indeed greatness in each of the virtues would seem to go with greatness of soul. Aristotle
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To know what virtue is is not enough; we must endeavor to possess and to practice it, or in some other manner actually ourselves to become good. Aristotle
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In most constitutional states the citizens rule and are ruled by turns, for the idea of a constitutional state implies that the natures of the citizens are equal, and do not differ at all. Aristotle
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The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy. Aristotle
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If the poor, for example, because they are more in number, divide among themselves the property of the rich,- is not this unjust? . . this law of confiscation clearly cannot be just. Aristotle
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In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government. Aristotle
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Once more: there are three offices according to whose directions the highest magistrates are chosen in certain states - guardians of the law, probuli, councilors - of these, the guardians of the law are an aristocratical, the probuli an oligarchical, the council a democratical institution. Aristotle
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Some persons hold that, while it is proper for the lawgiver to encourage and exhort men to virtue on moral grounds, in the expectation that those who have had a virtuous moral upbringing will respond, yet he is bound to impose chastisement and penalties on the disobedient and ill-conditioned, and to banish the incorrigible out of the state altogether. For (they argue) although the virtuous man, who guides his life by moral ideals, will be obedient to reason, the base, whose desires are fixed on pleasure, must be chastised by pain, like a beast of burden. Aristotle
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Thinking is different from perceiving and is held to be in part imagination, in part judgment Aristotle
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While the faculty of sensation is dependent upon the body, mind is separable from it Aristotle
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A state of the soul is either (1) an emotion, (2) a capacity, or (3) a disposition; virtue therefore must be one of these three things. Aristotle
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We assume therefore that moral virtue is the quality of acting in the best way in relation to pleasures and pains, and that vice is the opposite. Aristotle
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Revolutions are effected in two ways, by force and by fraud. Aristotle
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The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god... Aristotle
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A poet's object is not to tell what actually happened but what could or would happen either probably or inevitably.... For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, because poetry tends to give general truths while history gives particular facts. Aristotle
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Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable. Aristotle
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Nature of man is not what he was born as, but what he is born for. Aristotle
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Happiness is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue Aristotle
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Money is a guarantee that we can have what we want in the future Aristotle
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The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine. Aristotle
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It is likely that unlikely things should happen Aristotle
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For those who possess and can wield arms are in a position to decide whether the constitution is to continue or not Aristotle
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Let us be well persuaded that everyone of us possesses happiness in proportion to his virtue and wisdom, and according as he acts in obedience to their suggestion. Aristotle
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Whereas young people become accomplished in geometry and mathematics, and wise within these limits, prudent young people do not seem to be found. The reason is that prudence is concerned with particulars as well as universals, and particulars become known from experience, but a young person lacks experience, since some length of time is needed to produce it. Aristotle
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To love someone is to identify with them. Aristotle
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Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert. Aristotle
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Of ill-temper there are three kinds: irascibility, bitterness, sullenness. It belongs to the ill-tempered man to be unable to bear either small slights or defeats but to be given to retaliation and revenge, and easily moved to anger by any chance deed or word. Ill-temper is accompanied by excitability of character, instability, bitter speech, and liability to take offence at trifles and to feel these feelings quickly and on slight occasions. Aristotle
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Authority is no source for Truth. Aristotle
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I seek to bring forth what you almost already know. Aristotle
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To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it. Aristotle
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The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. Aristotle
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Meanness is incurable; it cannot be cured by old age, or by anything else. Aristotle
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He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude. Aristotle
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Therefore Agathon rightly says: Of this alone even God is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been. Aristotle
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The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it. Aristotle
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Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they were equal in any respect, they were equal absolutely. Aristotle
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The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful. Aristotle
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All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world 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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Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. Aristotle
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With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible. 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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Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues. Aristotle
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Wit is cultured insolence. Aristotle
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God has many names, though He is only one Being. Aristotle
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Nature, as we say, does nothing without some purpose; and for thepurpose of making mana political animal she has endowed him alone among the animals with the power of reasoned speech. Aristotle
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All proofs rest on premises. Aristotle
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Anger is always concerned with individuals, ... whereas hatred is directed also against classes: we all hate any thief and any informer. Moreover, anger can be cured by time; but hatred cannot. The one aims at giving pain to its object, the other at doing him harm; the angry man wants his victim to feel; the hater does not mind whether they feel or not. Aristotle
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Every great genius has an admixture of madness. Aristotle
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A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle and an end. Aristotle
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