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Aristotle
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A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast. Aristotle
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Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. Aristotle
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If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting. Aristotle
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God and nature create nothing that does not fulfill a purpose Aristotle
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We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else. Aristotle
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Happiness belongs to the self sufficient. Aristotle
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Not to know of what things one should demand demonstration, and of what one should not, argues want of education. Aristotle
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The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. Aristotle
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The greatest threat to the state is not faction but distraction Aristotle
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The most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself, the most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
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Character is determined by choice, not opinion. Aristotle
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There is an error common to both oligarchies and to democracies: in the latter the demagogues, when the multitude are above the law, are always cutting the city in two by quarrels with the rich, whereas they should always profess to be maintaining their cause; just as in oligarchies the oligarchs should profess to maintain the cause of the people, . . Aristotle
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Error is multiform (for evil is a form of the unlimited, as in the old Pythagorean imagery, and good of the limited), whereas success is possible in one way only (which is why it is easy to fail and difficult to succeed - easy to miss the target and difficult to hit it); so this is another reason why excess and deficiency are a mark of vice, and observance of the mean a mark of virtue: Goodness is simple, badness is manifold. Aristotle
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Therefore the good man ought to be a lover of self, since he will then both benefit himself by acting nobly and aid his fellows; but the bad man ought not to be a lover of self, since he will follow his base passions, and so injure both himself and his neighbors. With the bad man therefore, what he does is not in accord with what he ought to do, but the good man does what he ought, since intelligence always chooses for itself that which is best, and the good man obeys his intelligence. Aristotle
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The good man is he for whom, because he is virtuous, the things that are absolutely good are good; it is also plain that his use of these goods must be virtuous and in the absolute sense good. Aristotle
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The true forms of government, therefore, are those in which the one, or the few, or the many, govern with a view to the common interest; but governments which rule with a view to the private interest, whether of the one or of the few, or of the many, are perversions. For the members of a state, if they are truly citizens, ought to participate in its advantages. Aristotle
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A right election can only be made by those who have knowledge; Aristotle
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Equality is of two kinds, numerical and proportional; by the first I mean sameness of equality in number or size; by the second, equality of ratios. Aristotle
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There is nothing grand or noble in having the use of a slave, in so far as he is a slave; or in issuing commands about necessary things. But it is an error to suppose that every sort of rule is despotic like that of a master over slaves, for there is as great a difference between the rule over freemen and the rule over slaves as there is between slavery by nature and freedom by nature . . Aristotle
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If, therefore, there is any one superior in virtue and in the power of performing the best actions, him we ought to follow and obey, but he must have the capacity for action as well as virtue. Aristotle
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It is our actions and the soul's active exercise of its functions that we posit (as being Happiness); Aristotle
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Happiness is a thing honored and perfect. This seems to be borne out by the fact that it is a first principle or starting-point, since all other things that all men do are done for its sake; and that which is the first principle and cause of things good we agree to be something honorable and divine. Aristotle
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All men, or most men, wish what is noble but choose what is profitable; and while it is noble to render a service not with an eye to receiving one in return, it is profitable to receive one. One ought therefore, if one can, to return the equivalent of services received, and to do so willingly; for one ought not to make a man one's friend if one is unwilling to return his favors. Aristotle
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Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. As in other sciences, so in politics, it is impossible that all things should be precisely set down in writing; for enactments must be universal, but actions are concerned with particulars. Hence we infer that sometimes and in certain cases laws may be changed; Aristotle
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The ensouled is distinguished from the unsouled by its being alive. Now since being alive is spoken of in many ways, even if only one of these is present, we say that the thing is alive, if, for instance, there is intellect or perception or spatial movement and rest or indeed movement connected with nourishment and growth and decay. It is for this reason that all the plants are also held to be alive . . . Aristotle
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But nothing is yet clear on the subject of the intellect and the contemplative faculty. However, it seems to be another kind of soul, and this alone admits of being separated, as that which is eternal from that which is perishable, while it is clear from these remarks that the other parts of the soul are not separable, as some assert them to be, though it is obvious that they are conceptually distinct. Aristotle
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Opinion involves belief (for without belief in what we opine we cannot have an opinion), and in the brutes though we often find imagination we never find belief. Aristotle
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That in the soul which is called mind (by mind I mean that whereby the soul thinks and judges) is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. For this reason it cannot reasonably be regarded as blended with the body Aristotle
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[this element], the seat of the appetites and of desire in general, does in a sense participate in principle, as being amenable and obedient to it Aristotle
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Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . . Aristotle
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If then, as we say, good craftsmen look to the mean as they work, and if virtue, like nature, is more accurate and better than any form of art, it will follow that virtue has the quality of hitting the mean. I refer to moral virtue [not intellectual], for this is concerned with emotions and actions, in which one can have excess or deficiency or a due mean. Aristotle
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Man first begins to philosophize when the necessities of life are supplied. Aristotle
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Soul and body, I suggest react sympathetically upon each other. A change in the state of the soul produces a change in the shape of the body and conversely, a change in the shape of the body produces a change in the state of the soul. Aristotle
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No state will be well administered unless the middle class holds sway. Aristotle
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For it is owing to their wonder that men both now begin and at first began to philosophize.... And a man who is puzzled and wonders thinks himself ignorant ...; therefore since they philosophized in order to escape from ignorance, evidently they were pursuing science in order to know, and not for any utilitarian end. Aristotle
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All art is concerned with coming into being. Aristotle
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It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want. Aristotle
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It is clear, then, that wisdom is knowledge having to do with certain principles and causes. But now, since it is this knowledge that we are seeking, we must consider the following point: of what kind of principles and of what kind of causes is wisdom the knowledge? Aristotle
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Metaphysics involves intuitive knowledge of unprovable starting-points concepts and truth and demonstrative knowledge of what follows from them. Aristotle
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No science ever defends its first principles. Aristotle
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There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance. Aristotle
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It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits Aristotle
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Man by Nature desires to know. Aristotle
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In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. Aristotle
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The physician himself, if sick, actually calls in another physician, knowing that he cannot reason correctly if required to judge his own condition while suffering. Aristotle
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Truth is a remarkable thing. We cannot miss knowing some of it. But we cannot know it entirely. Aristotle
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Experience has shown that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a populous state to be run by good laws. Aristotle
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Human good turns out to be activity of soul exhibiting excellence, and if there is more than one sort of excellence, in accordance with the best and most complete.Foroneswallowdoesnot makea summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle
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The ridiculous is produced by any defect that is unattended by pain, or fatal consequences; thus, an ugly and deformed countenance does not fail to cause laughter, if it is not occasioned by pain. Aristotle
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What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle
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Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle
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Good moral character is not something that we can achieve on our own. We need a culture that supports the conditions under which self-love and friendship flourish. Aristotle
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Every realm of nature is marvelous. Aristotle
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Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency. Aristotle
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Doubt is the beginning of wisdom Aristotle
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Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person. Aristotle
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The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men. 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. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. Aristotle
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The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow. Aristotle
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For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle
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The true nature of a thing is the highest it can become. Aristotle
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All men desire by nature to know. Aristotle
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We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea. Aristotle
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How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms. Aristotle
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People do not naturally become morally excellent or practically wise. They become so, if at all, only as the result of lifelong personal and community effort. Aristotle
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The virtue as the art consecrates itself constantly to what's difficult to do, and the harder the task, the shinier the success. Aristotle
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The ultimate end...is not knowledge, but action. To be half right on time may be more important than to obtain the whole truth too late. Aristotle
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So the good has been well explained as that at which all things aim. Aristotle
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Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Give a man a poisoned fish, you feed him for the rest of his life. Aristotle
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Happiness involves engagement in activities that promote one's highest potentials. Aristotle
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