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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To perceive is to suffer. Aristotle
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Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do. Aristotle
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Think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. Aristotle
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The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet. Aristotle
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We work to earn our leisure. Aristotle
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The principle aim of gymnastics is the education of all youth and not simply that minority of people highly favored by nature. Aristotle
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Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity. Aristotle
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Whether we will philosophize or we won't philosophize, we must philosophize. Aristotle
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Melancholy men are of all others the most witty. Aristotle
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Love well, be loved and do something of value. Aristotle
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Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them. Aristotle
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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
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The greatest thing is style... a mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. Aristotle
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Law means good order. Aristotle
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Beauty is the gift of God. Aristotle
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For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. 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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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
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Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had. Aristotle
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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
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It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why anyone should have a knowledge of it. Aristotle
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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
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A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions. Aristotle
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In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake. Aristotle
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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
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Between husband and wife friendship seems to exist by nature, for man is naturally disposed to pairing. Aristotle
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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
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...happiness is an activity and a complete utilization of virtue, not conditionally but absolutely. Aristotle
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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
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People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life. Aristotle
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It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. Aristotle
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Teaching is the highest form of understanding. Aristotle
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The excellence of a thing is related to its proper function. Aristotle
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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
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Why do men seek honour? Surely in order to confirm the favorable opinion they have formed of themselves. Aristotle
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Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the best view of them. Aristotle
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Art takes nature as its model. Aristotle
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Men create the gods after their own images. Aristotle
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Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole. Aristotle
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What soon grows old? Gratitude. Aristotle
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Character is determined by choice, not opinion. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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