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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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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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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle
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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle
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In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. Aristotle
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Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle
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Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. Aristotle
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No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. Aristotle
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Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. Aristotle
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For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. Aristotle
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Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle
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Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. Aristotle
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Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted. Aristotle
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Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Aristotle
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The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth. Aristotle
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It will contribute towards one's object, who wishes to acquire a facility in the gaining of knowledge, to doubt judiciously. 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 intelligence consists not only in the knowledge but also in the skill to apply the knowledge into practice. Aristotle
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When you feel yourself lacking something, send your thoughts towards your Intimate and search for the Divinity that lives within you. Aristotle
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Try is a noisy way of doing nothing. Aristotle
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...for all men do their acts with a view to achieving something which is, in their view, a good. Aristotle
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Music imitates (represents) the passions or states of the soul, such as gentleness, anger, courage, temperance, and their opposites. Aristotle
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The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get. Aristotle
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A period may be defined as a portion of speech that has in itself a beginning and an end, being at the same time not too big to be taken in at a glance 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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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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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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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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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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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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. . . 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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Happiness is the utilization of one's talents along lines of excellence. 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. 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 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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There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to be virtuous. Aristotle
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Nothing in life is more necessary than friendship. Aristotle
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The science that studies the supreme good for man is politics. Aristotle
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Pleasure causes us to do base actions and pain causes us to abstain from doing noble actions. 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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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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