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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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Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Aristotle
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Choice not chance determines your destiny [my family motto...credited to Aristotle] Aristotle
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The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook Aristotle
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Evil draws men together. Aristotle
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There are no experienced young people. Time makes experience. Aristotle
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It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. Aristotle
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I say that habit's but a long practice, friend, and this becomes men's nature in the end. Aristotle
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A change in the shape of the body creates a change in the state of the soul. Aristotle
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Talent is culture with insolence. Aristotle
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There is honor in being a dog. 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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Worms are the intestines of the earth. 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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Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them. A true friend is one soul in two bodies Aristotle
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Therefore, even the lover of myth is a philosopher; for myth is composed of wonder. Aristotle
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At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose Aristotle
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With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note. Aristotle
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Before you heal the body you must first heal the mind Aristotle
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It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences-makes them, as the poets tell us, 'charm the crowd's ears more finely.' Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from common knowledge and draw obvious conclusions. Aristotle
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Youth loves honor and victory more than money. Aristotle
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The soul suffers when the body is diseased or traumatized, while the body suffers when the soul is ailing. Aristotle
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Quid quid movetur ab alio movetur"(nothing moves without having been moved). Aristotle
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A goal gets us motivated,while a good habit keeps us stay motivated. Aristotle
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When the storytelling goes bad in a society, the result is decadence. Aristotle
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Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others. Aristotle
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Even that some people try deceived me many times ... I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust. Aristotle
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If something's bound to happen, it will happen.. Right time, right person, and for the best reason. 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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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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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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In constructing the plot and working it out with the proper diction, the poet should place the scene, as far as possible, before his eyes. In this way, seeing everything with the utmost vividness, as if he were a spectator of the action, he will discover what is in keeping with it, and be most unlikely to overlook inconsistencies. Aristotle
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Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season. Aristotle
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Happiness is the utilization of one's talents along lines of excellence. Aristotle
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Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. 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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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle
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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle
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