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A right election can only be made by those who have knowledge; Aristotle

Equality is of two kinds, numerical and proportional; by the first I mean sameness of equality in number or size; by the second, equality of ratios. Aristotle

There is nothing grand or noble in having the use of a slave, in so far as he is a slave; or in issuing commands about necessary things. But it is an error to suppose that every sort of rule is despotic like that of a master over slaves, for there is as great a difference between the rule over freemen and the rule over slaves as there is between slavery by nature and freedom by nature . . Aristotle

If, therefore, there is any one superior in virtue and in the power of performing the best actions, him we ought to follow and obey, but he must have the capacity for action as well as virtue. Aristotle

It is our actions and the soul's active exercise of its functions that we posit (as being Happiness); Aristotle

Happiness is a thing honored and perfect. This seems to be borne out by the fact that it is a first principle or starting-point, since all other things that all men do are done for its sake; and that which is the first principle and cause of things good we agree to be something honorable and divine. Aristotle

All men, or most men, wish what is noble but choose what is profitable; and while it is noble to render a service not with an eye to receiving one in return, it is profitable to receive one. One ought therefore, if one can, to return the equivalent of services received, and to do so willingly; for one ought not to make a man one's friend if one is unwilling to return his favors. Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. As in other sciences, so in politics, it is impossible that all things should be precisely set down in writing; for enactments must be universal, but actions are concerned with particulars. Hence we infer that sometimes and in certain cases laws may be changed; Aristotle

The ensouled is distinguished from the unsouled by its being alive. Now since being alive is spoken of in many ways, even if only one of these is present, we say that the thing is alive, if, for instance, there is intellect or perception or spatial movement and rest or indeed movement connected with nourishment and growth and decay. It is for this reason that all the plants are also held to be alive . . . Aristotle

But nothing is yet clear on the subject of the intellect and the contemplative faculty. However, it seems to be another kind of soul, and this alone admits of being separated, as that which is eternal from that which is perishable, while it is clear from these remarks that the other parts of the soul are not separable, as some assert them to be, though it is obvious that they are conceptually distinct. Aristotle

Opinion involves belief (for without belief in what we opine we cannot have an opinion), and in the brutes though we often find imagination we never find belief. Aristotle

That in the soul which is called mind (by mind I mean that whereby the soul thinks and judges) is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. For this reason it cannot reasonably be regarded as blended with the body Aristotle

[this element], the seat of the appetites and of desire in general, does in a sense participate in principle, as being amenable and obedient to it Aristotle

Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . . Aristotle

If then, as we say, good craftsmen look to the mean as they work, and if virtue, like nature, is more accurate and better than any form of art, it will follow that virtue has the quality of hitting the mean. I refer to moral virtue [not intellectual], for this is concerned with emotions and actions, in which one can have excess or deficiency or a due mean. Aristotle

Man first begins to philosophize when the necessities of life are supplied. Aristotle

Soul and body, I suggest react sympathetically upon each other. A change in the state of the soul produces a change in the shape of the body and conversely, a change in the shape of the body produces a change in the state of the soul. Aristotle

No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway. Aristotle

For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize.... And a man who is puzzled and wonders thinks himself ignorant ...; therefore since they philosophized in order to escape from ignorance, evidently they were pursuing science in order to know, and not for any utilitarian end. Aristotle

All art is concerned with coming into being. Aristotle

Good moral character is not something that we can achieve on our own. We need a culture that supports the conditions under which self-love and friendship flourish. Aristotle

Every realm of nature is marvelous. Aristotle

Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency. Aristotle

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom Aristotle

Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person. Aristotle

The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain. Aristotle

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle

It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. Aristotle

It is clear, then, that wisdom is knowledge having to do with certain principles and causes. But now, since it is this knowledge that we are seeking, we must consider the following point: of what kind of principles and of what kind of causes is wisdom the knowledge? Aristotle

Metaphysics involves intuitive knowledge of unprovable starting-points concepts and truth and demonstrative knowledge of what follows from them. Aristotle

All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth. Aristotle

The true nature of a thing is the highest it can become. Aristotle

All men desire by nature to know. Aristotle

We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea. Aristotle

No science ever defends its first principles. Aristotle

There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits Aristotle

Man by Nature desires to know. Aristotle

In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. Aristotle

The physician himself, if sick, actually calls in another physician, knowing that he cannot reason correctly if required to judge his own condition while suffering. Aristotle

Truth is a remarkable thing. We cannot miss knowing some of it. But we cannot know it entirely. Aristotle

Experience has shown that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a populous state to be run by good laws. Aristotle

Human good turns out to be activity of soul exhibiting excellence, and if there is more than one sort of excellence, in accordance with the best and most complete.Foroneswallowdoesnot makea summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle

By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents Aristotle

God and nature create nothing that does not fulfill a purpose Aristotle

We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else. Aristotle

Men are divided between those who are as thrifty as if they would live forever, and those who are as extravagant as if they were going to die the next day. Aristotle

Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God. Aristotle

I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy, Aristotle

You are what you do repeatedly, Aristotle

Personal beauty requires that one should be tall; little people may have charm and elegance, but beauty-no. Aristotle

Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul...when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued withthe same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form. Aristotle

Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. Aristotle

The fire at Lipara, Xenophanes says, ceased once for sixteen years, and came back in the seventeenth. And he says that the lavastream from Aetna is neither of the nature of fire, nor is it continuous, but it appears at intervals of many years. Aristotle

Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. Aristotle

Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, or the arts are clearly of an atrabilious temperament and some of them to such an extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile? Aristotle

The probable is what usually happens. Aristotle

Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact. Aristotle

For just as for a flute-player, a sculptor, or an artist, and, in general, for all things that have a function or activity, the good and the well is thought to reside in the function, so would it seem to be for man, if he has a function. Aristotle

We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful. Aristotle

The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake. Aristotle

He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times. Aristotle

Men in general desire the good and not merely what their fathers had. Aristotle

In general, what is written must be easy to read and easy to speak; which is the same. Aristotle

Pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible. Aristotle

Life cannot be lived, and understood, simultaneously. Aristotle

Here and elsewhere we shall not obtain the best insight into things until we actually see them growing from the beginning. Aristotle

Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them. Aristotle

Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite. Aristotle

The saying of Protagoras is like the views we have mentioned; he said that man is the measure of all things, meaning simply that that which seems to each man assuredly is. If this is so, it follows that the same thing both is and is not, and is bad and good, and that the contents of all other opposite statements are true, because often a particular thing appears beautiful to some and ugly to others, and that which appears to each man is the measure Aristotle

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