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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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We can't learn without pain. Aristotle
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A promise made must be a promise kept. 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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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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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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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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It may be argued that peoples for whom philosophers legislate are always prosperous. Aristotle
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Law is order, and good law is good order. Aristotle
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The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. Aristotle
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That rule is the better which is exercised over better subjects. Aristotle
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Every virtue is a mean between two extremes, each of which is a vice. Aristotle
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Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules. Aristotle
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The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else. Aristotle
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Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. 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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Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. Aristotle
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Happiness comes from theperfect practice of virtue. 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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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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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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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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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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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 are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous. 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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Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon. 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 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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