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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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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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To perceive is to suffer. 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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Earthworms are the intenstines of the soil. Aristotle
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Between friends there is no need for justice, but people who are just still need the quality of friendship; and indeed friendliness is considered to be justice in the fullest sense. Aristotle
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But a man's best friend is the one who not only wishes him well but wishes it for his own sake (even though nobody will ever know it): and this condition is best fulfilled by his attitude towards himself - and similarly with all the other attributes that go to define a friend. For we have said before that all friendly feelings for others are extensions of a man's feelings for himself. Aristotle
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There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art. Aristotle
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When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. Aristotle
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Plants, again, inasmuch as they are without locomotion, present no great variety in their heterogeneous pacts. For, when the functions are but few, few also are the organs required to effect them. ... Animals, however, that not only live but perceive, present a great multiformity of pacts, and this diversity is greater in some animals than in others, being most varied in those to whose share has fallen not mere life but life of high degree. Now such an animal is man. Aristotle
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Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have. 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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When their adventures do not succeed, however, they run away; but it was the mark of a brave man to face things that are, and seem, terrible for a man, because it is noble to do so and disgraceful not to do so. Aristotle
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The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. Aristotle
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The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is. 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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How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms Aristotle
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The business of every art is to bring something into existence, and the practice of an art involves the study of how to bring into existence something which is capable of having such an existence and has its efficient cause in the maker and not in itself. Aristotle
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All that we do is done with an eye to something else. Aristotle
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Great is the good fortune of a state in which the citizens have a moderate and sufficient property. Aristotle
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Good has two meanings: it means that which is good absolutely and that which is good for somebody. Aristotle
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Cruel is the strife of brothers. Aristotle
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To die, and thus avoid poverty or love, or anything painful, is not the part of a brave man, but rather of a coward; for it is cowardice to avoid trouble, and the suicide does not undergo death because it is honorable, but in order to avoid evil. Aristotle
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Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure. Aristotle
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Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing. Aristotle
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A person's life persuades better than his word. 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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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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