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Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. Aristotle
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For imagining lies within our power whenever we wish . . . but in forming opinons we are not free . . . Aristotle
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No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. Aristotle
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A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so. Aristotle
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Tools may be animate as well as inanimate; for instance, a ship's captain uses a lifeless rudder, but a living man for watch; for a servant is, from the point of view of his craft, categorized as one of its tools. So any piece of property can be regarded as a tool enabling a man to live, and his property is an assemblage of such tools; a slave is a sort of living piece of property; and like any other servant is a tool in charge of other tools. Aristotle
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I call that law universal, which is conformable merely to dictates of nature; for there does exist naturally an universal sense of right and wrong, which, in a certain degree, all intuitively divine, even should no intercourse with each other, nor any compact have existed. Aristotle
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The light of the day is followed by night, as a shadow follows a body. Aristotle
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Philosophy can make people sick. Aristotle
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There is an ideal of excellence for any particular craft or occupation; similarly there must be an excellent that we can achieve as human beings. That is, we can live our lives as a whole in such a way that they can be judged not just as excellent in this respect or in that occupation, but as excellent, period. Only when we develop our truly human capacities sufficiently to achieve this human excellent will we have lives blessed with happiness. 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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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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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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The unfortunate need people who will be kind to them; the prosperous need people to be kind to. 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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Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. Aristotle
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It is clear that those constitutions which aim at the common good are right, as being in accord with absolute justice; while those which aim only at the good of the rulers are wrong. 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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Worms are the intestines of the earth. 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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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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Happiness comes from theperfect practice of virtue. 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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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 thing alone not even God can do, To make undone whatever hath been done. 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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A man can make up his mind quickly when he has only a little to make up. Aristotle
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Property should be in a certain sense common, but, as a general rule, private; for, when every one has a distinct interest, men will not complain of one another, and they will make more progress, because every one will be attending to his own business. Aristotle
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One citizen differs from another, but the salvation of the community is the common business of them all. This community is the constitution; the virtue of the citizen must therefore be relative to the constitution of which he is a member. Aristotle
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The form of government is a democracy when the free, who are also poor and the majority, govern, and an oligarchy when the rich and the noble govern, they being at the same time few in number. Aristotle
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And, speaking generally, passion seems not to be amenable to reason, but only to force. Aristotle
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We maintain, and have said in the Ethics, if the arguments there adduced are of any value, that happiness is the realization and perfect exercise of virtue, and this not conditional, but absolute. And I used the term 'conditional' to express that which is indispensable, and 'absolute' to express that which is good in itself. Aristotle
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There are still two forms besides democracy and oligarchy; one of them is universally recognized and included among the four principal forms of government, which are said to be (1) monarchy, (2) oligarchy, (3) democracy, and (4) the so-called aristocracy or government of the best. But there is also a fifth, which retains the generic name of polity or constitutional government; Aristotle
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Whereas happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it, the various qualities of men are clearly the reason why there are various kinds of states and many forms of government; for 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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Man, as an originator of action, is a union of desire and intellect. Aristotle
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Now what is just and right is to be interpreted in the sense of 'what is equal'; and that which is right in the sense of being equal is to be considered with reference to the advantage of the state, and the common good of the citizens. And a citizen is one who shares in governing and being governed. He differs under different forms of government, but in the best state he is one who is able and willing to be governed and to govern with a view to the life of virtue. Aristotle
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The soul of animals is characterized by two faculties, (a) the faculty of discrimination which is the work of thought and sense, and (b) the faculty of originating local movement. Aristotle
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The virtue of a faculty is related to the special function which that faculty performs. Now there are three elements in the soul which control action and the attainment of truth: namely, Sensation, Intellect, and Desire. Of these, Sensation never originates action, as is shown by the fact that animals have sensation but are not capable of action. Aristotle
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Every formed disposition of the soul realizes its full nature in relation to and dealing with that class of objects by which it is its nature to be corrupted or improved. Aristotle
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Greatness of Soul seems therefore to be as it were a crowning ornament of the virtues; it enhances their greatness, and it cannot exist without them. Hence it is hard to be truly great-souled, for greatness of soul is impossible without moral nobility. Aristotle
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The virtue of the good man is necessarily the same as the virtue of the citizen of the perfect state. 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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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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