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Aristotle
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The precepts of the law may be comprehended under these three points: to live honestly, to hurt no man willfully, and to render every man his due carefully. Aristotle
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Moral virtue is ... a mean between two vices, that of excess and that of defect, and ... it is no small task to hit the mean in each case, as it is not, for example, any chance comer, but only the geometer, who can find the center of a given circle. Aristotle
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He who takes his fill of every pleasure ... becomes depraved; while he who avoids all pleasures alike ... becomes insensible. Aristotle
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If then it be possible that one contrary should exist, or be called into existence, the other contrary will also appear to be possible. Aristotle
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The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous. Aristotle
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For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant. Aristotle
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That body is heavier than another which, in an equal bulk, moves downward quicker. Aristotle
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We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace. Aristotle
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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
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It's the fastest who gets paid, and it's the fastest who gets laid. Aristotle
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The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. Aristotle
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Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided. Aristotle
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A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so. Aristotle
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The line has magnitude in one way, the plane in two ways, and the solid in three ways, and beyond these there is no other magnitude because the three are all. Aristotle
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A man is the origin of his action. Aristotle
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We cannot ... prove geometrical truths by arithmetic. Aristotle
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In practical matters the end is not mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about Virtue, then, but we must endeavor to possess it, and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make. Aristotle
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Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old. Aristotle
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Business or toil is merely utilitarian. It is necessary but does not enrich or ennoble a human life. Aristotle
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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 word is a sign or symbol of the impressions or affections of the soul. Aristotle
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Since music has so much to do with the molding of character, it is necessary that we teach it to our children. Aristotle
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All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth. Aristotle
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He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times. Aristotle
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Men in general desire the good and not merely what their fathers had. Aristotle
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In general, what is written must be easy to read and easy to speak; which is the same. Aristotle
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Pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible. Aristotle
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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
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Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. Aristotle
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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
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Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. Aristotle
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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
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The probable is what usually happens. Aristotle
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Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact. Aristotle
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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
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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
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The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake. 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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Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them. Aristotle
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Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite. Aristotle
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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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As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail. Aristotle
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Life cannot be lived, and understood, simultaneously. Aristotle
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Here and elsewhere we shall not obtain the best insight into things until we actually see them growing from the beginning. Aristotle
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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
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Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God. Aristotle
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I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy, Aristotle
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You are what you do repeatedly, Aristotle
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Personal beauty requires that one should be tall; little people may have charm and elegance, but beauty-no. Aristotle
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Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it. Aristotle
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Philosophy begins with wonder. Aristotle
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