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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

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

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

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

The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

Thinking is different from perceiving and is held to be in part imagination, in part judgment Aristotle

While the faculty of sensation is dependent upon the body, mind is separable from it Aristotle

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

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

Revolutions are effected in two ways, by force and by fraud. Aristotle

The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god... Aristotle

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

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable. Aristotle

Nature of man is not what he was born as, but what he is born for. Aristotle

Happiness is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue Aristotle

Money is a guarantee that we can have what we want in the future Aristotle

The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine. Aristotle

It is likely that unlikely things should happen Aristotle

For those who possess and can wield arms are in a position to decide whether the constitution is to continue or not Aristotle

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

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

To love someone is to identify with them. Aristotle

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert. Aristotle

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

Authority is no source for Truth. Aristotle

I seek to bring forth what you almost already know. Aristotle

To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it. Aristotle

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

Meanness is incurable; it cannot be cured by old age, or by anything else. Aristotle

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

Therefore Agathon rightly says: Of this alone even God is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been. Aristotle

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it. Aristotle

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they were equal in any respect, they were equal absolutely. Aristotle

The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful. Aristotle

All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world Aristotle

Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. Aristotle

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

Every great genius has an admixture of madness. Aristotle

A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle and an end. Aristotle

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms Aristotle

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

All that we do is done with an eye to something else. Aristotle

Great is the good fortune of a state in which the citizens have a moderate and sufficient property. Aristotle

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

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

Earthworms are the intenstines of the soil. Aristotle

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

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

There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature- than in those of art. Aristotle

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. Aristotle

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

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

The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. Aristotle

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

Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure. Aristotle

Good has two meanings: it means that which is good absolutely and that which is good for somebody. Aristotle

Cruel is the strife of brothers. Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing. Aristotle

A person's life persuades better than his word. Aristotle

Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do. Aristotle

Think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. Aristotle

The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet. Aristotle

We work to earn our leisure. Aristotle

The principle aim of gymnastics is the education of all youth and not simply that minority of people highly favored by nature. Aristotle

Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity. Aristotle

Whether we will philosophize or we won't philosophize, we must philosophize. Aristotle

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