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Aristotle
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A right election can only be made by those who have knowledge; Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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It is our actions and the soul's active exercise of its functions that we posit (as being Happiness); Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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[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
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Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . . Aristotle
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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
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Man first begins to philosophize when the necessities of life are supplied. Aristotle
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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
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No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway. Aristotle
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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
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All art is concerned with coming into being. Aristotle
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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
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Every realm of nature is marvelous. Aristotle
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Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency. Aristotle
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Doubt is the beginning of wisdom Aristotle
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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
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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
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What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
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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
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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
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Metaphysics involves intuitive knowledge of unprovable starting-points concepts and truth and demonstrative knowledge of what follows from them. 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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The true nature of a thing is the highest it can become. Aristotle
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All men desire by nature to know. Aristotle
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We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea. Aristotle
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No science ever defends its first principles. Aristotle
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There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance. Aristotle
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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
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Man by Nature desires to know. Aristotle
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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
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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
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Truth is a remarkable thing. We cannot miss knowing some of it. But we cannot know it entirely. Aristotle
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Experience has shown that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a populous state to be run by good laws. Aristotle
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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
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Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle
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In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. Aristotle
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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle
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The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle
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The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. Aristotle
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What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle
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Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. Aristotle
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We make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle
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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle
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Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle
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Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. Aristotle
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Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. Aristotle
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All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle
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Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. Aristotle
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Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. Aristotle
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Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. Aristotle
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For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle
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Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. Aristotle
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Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. Aristotle
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Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence. Aristotle
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No one loves the man whom he fears. Aristotle
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It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle
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Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely. Aristotle
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The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others. Aristotle
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By myth I mean the arrangement of the incidents Aristotle
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The many are more incorruptible than the few; they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little. 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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