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Melancholy men are of all others the most witty. Aristotle

Love well, be loved and do something of value. Aristotle

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. Aristotle

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle

The greatest thing is style... a mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. Aristotle

Law means good order. Aristotle

Beauty is the gift of God. Aristotle

For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. Aristotle

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

Just as it sometimes happens that deformed offspring are produced by deformed parents, and sometimes not, so the offspring produced by a female are sometimes female, sometimes not, but male, because the female is as it were a deformed male. Aristotle

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had. Aristotle

That judges of important causes should hold office for life is a disputable thing, for the mind grows old as well as the body. Aristotle

It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why anyone should have a knowledge of it. Aristotle

The single harmony produced by all the heavenly bodies singing and dancing together springs from one source and ends by achieving one purpose, and has rightly bestowed the name not of disordered but of ordered universe upon the whole. Aristotle

A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions. Aristotle

In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake. Aristotle

Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. Aristotle

With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible. Aristotle

Purpose is a desire for something in our own power, coupled with an investigation into its means. Aristotle

Legislative enactments proceed from men carrying their views a long time back; while judicial decisions are made off hand. Aristotle

For that which has become habitual, becomes as it were natural. Aristotle

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy. Aristotle

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

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. Aristotle

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

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

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle

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

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

The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle

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

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. Aristotle

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

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. Aristotle

No one who desires to become good will become good unless he does good things. Aristotle

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

Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues. Aristotle

Wit is cultured insolence. Aristotle

God has many names, though He is only one Being. Aristotle

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

All proofs rest on premises. Aristotle

To perceive is to suffer. Aristotle

There is a cropping-time in the races of men, as in the fruits of the field; and sometimes, if the stock be good, there springs up for a time a succession of splendid men; and then comes a period of barrenness. Aristotle

Between husband and wife friendship seems to exist by nature, for man is naturally disposed to pairing. Aristotle

A state is an association of similar persons whose aim is the best life possible. What is best is happiness, and to be happy is an active exercise of virtue and a complete employment of it. Aristotle

...happiness is an activity and a complete utilization of virtue, not conditionally but absolutely. Aristotle

One who faces and who fears the right things and from the right motive, in the right way and at the right time, posseses character worthy of our trust and admiration. Aristotle

People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life. Aristotle

It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. Aristotle

Teaching is the highest form of understanding. Aristotle

The excellence of a thing is related to its proper function. Aristotle

Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities. Aristotle

Why do men seek honour? Surely in order to confirm the favorable opinion they have formed of themselves. Aristotle

Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up. Aristotle

Those who believe that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible. Aristotle

At first he who invented any art that went beyond the common perceptions of man was naturally admired by men, not only because there was something useful in the inventions, but because he was thought wise and superior to the rest. But as more arts were invented, and some were directed to the necessities of life, others to its recreation, the inventors of the latter were always regarded as wiser than the inventors of the former, because their branches of knowledge did not aim at utility. Aristotle

He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the best view of them. Aristotle

Art takes nature as its model. Aristotle

Men create the gods after their own images. Aristotle

Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole. Aristotle

What soon grows old? Gratitude. Aristotle

Character is determined by choice, not opinion. Aristotle

There is an error common to both oligarchies and to democracies: in the latter the demagogues, when the multitude are above the law, are always cutting the city in two by quarrels with the rich, whereas they should always profess to be maintaining their cause; just as in oligarchies the oligarchs should profess to maintain the cause of the people, . . Aristotle

Error is multiform (for evil is a form of the unlimited, as in the old Pythagorean imagery, and good of the limited), whereas success is possible in one way only (which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed - easy to miss the target and difficult to hit it); so this is another reason why excess and deficiency are a mark of vice, and observance of the mean a mark of virtue: Goodness is simple, badness is manifold. Aristotle

Therefore the good man ought to be a lover of self, since he will then both benefit himself by acting nobly and aid his fellows; but the bad man ought not to be a lover of self, since he will follow his base passions, and so injure both himself and his neighbors. With the bad man therefore, what he does is not in accord with what he ought to do, but the good man does what he ought, since intelligence always chooses for itself that which is best, and the good man obeys his intelligence. Aristotle

The good man is he for whom, because he is virtuous, the things that are absolutely good are good; it is also plain that his use of these goods must be virtuous and in the absolute sense good. Aristotle

The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one or of the few, or of the many, are perversions. For the members of a state, if they are truly citizens, ought to participate in its advantages. Aristotle



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