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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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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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...perhaps there is some element of good even in the simple act of living, so long as the evils of existence do not preponderate too heavily. Aristotle
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Worms are the intestines of the earth. 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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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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That which most contributes to the permanence of constitutions is the adaptation of education to the form of government, and yet in our own day this principle is universally neglected. The best laws, though sanctioned by every citizen of the state, will be of no avail unless the young are trained by habit and education in the spirit of the constitution. Aristotle
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The art of wealth-getting which consists in household management, on the one hand, has a limit; the unlimited acquisition of wealth is not its business. And therefore, in one point of view, all riches must have a limit; nevertheless, as a matter of fact, we find the opposite to be the case; for all getters of wealth increase their hard coin without limit. 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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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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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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Happiness comes from theperfect practice of virtue. 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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It would then be most admirably adapted to the purposes of justice, if laws properly enacted were, as far as circumstances admitted, of themselves to mark out all cases, and to abandon as few as possible to the discretion of the judge. Aristotle
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If you string together a set of speeches expressive of character, and well finished in point and diction and thought, you will not produce the essential tragic effect nearly so well as with a play which, however deficient in these respects, yet has a plot and artistically constructed incidents. Aristotle
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There are, then, three states of mind ... two vices-that of excess, and that of defect; and one virtue-the mean; and all these are in a certain sense opposed to one another; for the extremes are not only opposed to the mean, but also to one another; and the mean is opposed to the extremes. Aristotle
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Everything is done with a goal, and that goal is "good". Aristotle
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The good citizen need not of necessity possess the virtue which makes a good man. Aristotle
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It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse. Aristotle
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Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit. Aristotle
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Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. Aristotle
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Greatness of spirit is to bear finely both good fourtune and bad, honor and disgrace, and not to think highly of luxury or attention or power or victories in contests, and to possess a certain depth and magnitude of spirit. Aristotle
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Suppose, then, that all men were sick or deranged, save one or two of them who were healthy and of right mind. It would then be the latter two who would be thought to be sick and deranged and the former not! Aristotle
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The life of theoretical philosophy is the best and happiest a man can lead. Few men are capable of it and then only intermittently. For the rest there is a second-best way of life, that of moral virtue and practical wisdom. Aristotle
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A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art. 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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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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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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Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion. Aristotle
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For good is simple, evil manifold. Aristotle
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Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources. Aristotle
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The greatest injustices proceed from those who pursue excess, not by those who are driven by necessity. Aristotle
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Everything necessarily is or is not, and will be or will not be; but one cannot divide and say that one or the other is necessary.I mean, for example: it is necessary for there to be or not to be a sea-battle tomorrow; but it is not necessary for a sea-battle to take place tomorrow, or for one not to take place-though it is necessary for one to take place or not to take place. Aristotle
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But then in what way are things called good? They do not seem to be like the things that only chance to have the same name. Are goods one then by being derived from one good or by all contributing to one good, or are they rather one by analogy? Certainly as sight is in the body, so is reason in the soul, and so on in other cases. Aristotle
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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue. Aristotle
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People generally despise where they flatter. Aristotle
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Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god. Aristotle
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