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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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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 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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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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For suppose that every tool we had could perform its task, either at our bidding or itself perceiving the need, and if-like the statues made by Daedalus or the tripods of Hephaestus, of which the poet says that "self-moved they enter the assembly of the gods" - shuttles in a loom could fly to and fro and a plectrum play a lyre all self-moved, then master-craftsmen would have no need of servants nor masters of slaves. Aristotle
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We must speak first about the division of land and about those who cultivate it: who should they be and what kind of person? We do not agree with those who have said that property should be communally owned, but we do believe that there should be a friendly arrangement for its common use, and that none of the citizens should be without means of support. Aristotle
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Comedy has had no history, because it was not at first treated seriously. Aristotle
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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue. 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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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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Health is a matter of choice, not a mystery of chance Aristotle
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Education begins at the level of the learner. Aristotle
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Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving. Aristotle
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To be angry is easy. But to be angry with the right man at the right time and in the right manner, that is not easy. Aristotle
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We are what we repeatedly do. Aristotle
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The habits we form from childhood make no small difference, but rather they make all the difference. Aristotle
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Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. 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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A good style must have an air of novelty, at the same time concealing its art. 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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No man of high and generous spirit is ever willing to indulge in flattery; the good may feel affection for others, but will not flatter them. Aristotle
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I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle
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It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. 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; and therefore he is like a part in relation to the whole. Aristotle
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With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it. Aristotle
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The whole is not, as it were, a mere heap, but the totality is something besides the parts. Aristotle
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We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us. Aristotle
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The impulses of an incontinent man carry him in the opposite direction from that towards which he was aiming. 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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Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle
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