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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happiness is prosperity combined with virtue. Aristotle
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As often as we do good, we offer sacrifice to God. Aristotle
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All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth. Aristotle
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Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others of what they know. 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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Anger is always concerned with individuals,... whereas hatred is directed also against classes: we all hate any thief and any informer. Moreover, anger can be cured by time; but hatred cannot. The one aims at giving pain to its object, the other at doing him harm; the angry man wants his victim to feel; the hater does not mind whether they feel or not. 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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A man can make up his mind quickly when he has only a little to make up. 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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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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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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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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Education and morals make the good man, the good statesman, the good ruler. 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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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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