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Aristotle
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Take the case of just actions; just punishments and chastisements do indeed spring from a good principle, but they are good only because we cannot do without them - it would be better that neither individuals nor states should need anything of the sort - but actions which aim at honor and advantage are absolutely the best. The conditional action is only the choice of a lesser evil; whereas these are the foundation and creation of good. A good man may make the best even of poverty and disease, and the other ills of life; Aristotle
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The proof that the state is a creation of nature and prior to the individual is that the individual, when isolated, is not self-sufficing; Aristotle
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It is the active exercise of our faculties in conformity with virtue that causes happiness, and the opposite activities its opposite. Aristotle
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Happiness is essentially perfect; so that the happy man requires in addition the goods of the body, external goods and the gifts of fortune, in order that his activity may not be impeded through lack of them. Aristotle
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Although it may be difficult in theory to know what is just and equal, the practical difficulty of inducing those to forbear who can, if they like, encroach, is far greater, for the weaker are always asking for equality and justice, but the stronger care for none of these things. Aristotle
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Both Self-restraint and Unrestraint are a matter of extremes as compared with the character of the mass of mankind; the restrained man shows more and the unrestrained man less steadfastness than most men are capable of. Aristotle
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Nor need it cause surprise that things disagreeable to the good man should seem pleasant to some men; for mankind is liable to many corruptions and diseases, and the things in question are not really pleasant, but only pleasant to these particular persons, who are in a condition to think them so. Aristotle
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Also our fellow competitors, who are indeed the people just mentioned - we do not compete with men who lived a hundred centuries ago, or those yet not born, or the dead, or those who dwell near the Pillars of Hercules, or those whom, in our opinion or that of others, we take to be far below us or far above us. So too we compete with those who follow the same ends as ourselves; we compete with our rivals in sport or in love, and generally with those who are after the same things; and it is therefore these whom we are bound to envy beyond all others. Hence the saying: Aristotle
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These two rational faculties may be designated the Scientific Faculty and the Calculative Faculty respectively; since calculation is the same as deliberation, and deliberation is never exercised about things that are invariable, so that the Calculative Faculty is a separate part of the rational half of the soul. Aristotle
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Of cases where a man is truthful both in speech and conduct when no considerations of honesty come in, from an habitual sincerity of disposition. Such sincerity may be esteemed a moral excellence; for the lover of truth, who is truthful even when nothing depends on it, will a fortiori be truthful when some interest is at stake, since having all along avoided falsehood for its own sake, he will assuredly avoid it when it is morally base; and this is a disposition that we praise. Aristotle
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In part, art completes what nature cannot elaborate; and in part it imitates nature. Aristotle
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The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy. Aristotle
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Something is infinite if, taking it quantity by quantity, we can always take something outside. Aristotle
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If every tool, when ordered, or even of its own accord, could do the work that befits it... then there would be no need either of apprentices for the master workers or of slaves for the lords. Aristotle
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The avarice of mankind is insatiable. Aristotle
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Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Aristotle
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If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost. Aristotle
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Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. Aristotle
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One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. Aristotle
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Now a whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Aristotle
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A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must... be appropriate. Aristotle
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Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods. Aristotle
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For the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater. . Aristotle
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We can't learn without pain. Aristotle
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A promise made must be a promise kept. Aristotle
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There is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offenses, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom. Aristotle
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Patience s bitter, but it's fruit is sweet. Aristotle
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The aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought....The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likable, disgusting, and hateful. Aristotle
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Happiness comes from theperfect practice of virtue. Aristotle
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We are what we repeatedly do... excellence, therefore, isn't just an act, but a habit and life isn't just a series of events, but an ongoing process of self-definition. Aristotle
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Hence both women and children must be educated with an eye to the constitution, if indeed it makes any difference to the virtue of a city-state that its children be virtuous, and its women too. And it must make a difference, since half the free population are women, and from children come those who participate in the constitution. Aristotle
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Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and consequently imperishable. Aristotle
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One thing alone not even God can do, To make undone whatever hath been done. Aristotle
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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle
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for we are inquiring not in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, since otherwise our inquiry would have been of no use Aristotle
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The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them. Aristotle
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...virtue is not merely a state in conformity with the right principle, but one that implies the right principle; and the right principle in moral conduct is prudence. Aristotle
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Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form should lie. Aristotle
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Conscientious and careful physicians allocate causes of disease to natural laws, while the ablest scientists go back to medicine for their first principles. Aristotle
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All men are alike when asleep. Aristotle
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No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it. Aristotle
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It is clear that the earth does not move, and that it does not lie elsewhere than at the center. Aristotle
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One would have thought that it was even more necessary to limit population than property; and that the limit should be fixed by calculating the chances of mortality in the children, and of sterility in married persons. The neglect of this subject, which in existing states is so common, is a never-failing cause of poverty among the citizens; and poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle
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To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter. Aristotle
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The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances. Aristotle
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A true disciple shows his appreciation by reaching further than his teacher. Aristotle
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Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task, but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right manner, and at the right time. Aristotle
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In everything, it is no easy task to find the middle. Aristotle
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The quality of life is determined by its activities. Aristotle
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This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended. Aristotle
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In painting, the most brilliant colors, spread at random and without design, will give far less pleasure than the simplest outline of a figure. Aristotle
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Happiness is the reward of virtue. Aristotle
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Neither by nature, then, nor contrary to nature do the virtues arise in us; rather we are adapted by nature to receive them, and are made perfect by habit. Aristotle
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We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends behave to us Aristotle
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The shape of the heaven is of necessity spherical; for that is the shape most appropriate to its substance and also by nature primary. Aristotle
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. . . Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship. Aristotle
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Health is a matter of choice, not a mystery of chance Aristotle
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Education begins at the level of the learner. Aristotle
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Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving. Aristotle
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Comedy has had no history, because it was not at first treated seriously. Aristotle
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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue. Aristotle
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The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. Aristotle
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Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good. Aristotle
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When Pleasure is at the bar the jury is not impartial. Aristotle
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It is not easy for a person to do any great harm when his tenure of office is short, whereas long possession begets tyranny. Aristotle
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We must not feel a childish disgust at the investigations of the meaner animals. For there is something marvelous in all natural things. Aristotle
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To be angry is easy. But to be angry with the right man at the right time and in the right manner, that is not easy. Aristotle
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We are what we repeatedly do. Aristotle
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The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference. Aristotle
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Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. Aristotle
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