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Aristotle
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Moral virtue is ... a mean between two vices, that of excess and that of defect, and ... it is no small task to hit the mean in each case, as it is not, for example, any chance comer, but only the geometer, who can find the center of a given circle. Aristotle
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He who takes his fill of every pleasure ... becomes depraved; while he who avoids all pleasures alike ... becomes insensible. Aristotle
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If then it be possible that one contrary should exist, or be called into existence, the other contrary will also appear to be possible. Aristotle
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The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous. Aristotle
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For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant. Aristotle
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That body is heavier than another which, in an equal bulk, moves downward quicker. Aristotle
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We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace. Aristotle
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He is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude. Aristotle
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It's the fastest who gets paid, and it's the fastest who gets laid. Aristotle
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The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. Aristotle
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Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided. Aristotle
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A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so. 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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We cannot ... prove geometrical truths by arithmetic. Aristotle
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In practical matters the end is not mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about Virtue, then, but we must endeavor to possess it, and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make. Aristotle
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Shame is an ornament to the young; a disgrace to the old. Aristotle
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Business or toil is merely utilitarian. It is necessary but does not enrich or ennoble a human life. Aristotle
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Happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle
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The word is a sign or symbol of the impressions or affections of the soul. Aristotle
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Men are divided between those who are as thrifty as if they would live forever, and those who are as extravagant as if they were going to die the next day. Aristotle
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Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God. Aristotle
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I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy, Aristotle
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You are what you do repeatedly, Aristotle
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Personal beauty requires that one should be tall; little people may have charm and elegance, but beauty-no. Aristotle
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Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul...when one listens to music that imitates a certain passion, he becomes imbued withthe same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to music that rouses ignoble passions, his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form. Aristotle
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Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. Aristotle
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The fire at Lipara, Xenophanes says, ceased once for sixteen years, and came back in the seventeenth. And he says that the lavastream from Aetna is neither of the nature of fire, nor is it continuous, but it appears at intervals of many years. Aristotle
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Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. Aristotle
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Why is it that all those who have become eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry, or the arts are clearly of an atrabilious temperament and some of them to such an extent as to be affected by diseases caused by black bile? Aristotle
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The probable is what usually happens. Aristotle
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Knowledge of the fact differs from knowledge of the reason for the fact. Aristotle
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For just as for a flute-player, a sculptor, or an artist, and, in general, for all things that have a function or activity, the good and the well is thought to reside in the function, so would it seem to be for man, if he has a function. Aristotle
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We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful. Aristotle
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The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake. Aristotle
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He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times. Aristotle
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Men in general desire the good and not merely what their fathers had. Aristotle
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In general, what is written must be easy to read and easy to speak; which is the same. Aristotle
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Pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible. Aristotle
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Life cannot be lived, and understood, simultaneously. Aristotle
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Here and elsewhere we shall not obtain the best insight into things until we actually see them growing from the beginning. Aristotle
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Ancient laws remain in force long after the people have the power to change them. Aristotle
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Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite. Aristotle
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The saying of Protagoras is like the views we have mentioned; he said that man is the measure of all things, meaning simply that that which seems to each man assuredly is. If this is so, it follows that the same thing both is and is not, and is bad and good, and that the contents of all other opposite statements are true, because often a particular thing appears beautiful to some and ugly to others, and that which appears to each man is the measure Aristotle
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As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail. 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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Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it. Aristotle
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Philosophy begins with wonder. 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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The line has magnitude in one way, the plane in two ways, and the solid in three ways, and beyond these there is no other magnitude because the three are all. Aristotle
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A man is the origin of his action. Aristotle
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Since music has so much to do with the molding of character, it is necessary that we teach it to our children. 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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Happiness involves engagement in activities that promote one's highest potentials. Aristotle
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Art is a higher type of knowledge than experience. Aristotle
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The bad man is continually at war with, and in opposition to, himself. Aristotle
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Money was established for exchange, but interest causes it to be reproduced by itself. Therefore this way of earning money is greatly in conflict with the natural law. Aristotle
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Maybe crying is a means of cleaning yourself out emotionally. Or maybe it's your last resort; the only way to express yourself when words fail, the same as when you were a baby and had no words. Aristotle
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True happiness comes from gaining insight and growing into your best possible self. Otherwise all you're having is immediate gratification pleasure, which is fleeting and doesn't grow you as a person. Aristotle
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Character is made by many acts; it may be lost by a single one. 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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