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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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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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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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When a draco has eaten much fruit, it seeks the juice of the bitter lettuce; it has been seen to do this. 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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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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Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers. Aristotle
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Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves. Aristotle
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Education and morals make the good man, the good statesman, the good ruler. Aristotle
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There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. Aristotle
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The basis of a democratic state is liberty Aristotle
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Man's best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it. Aristotle
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Whether we call it sacrifice, or poetry, or adventure, it is always the same voice that calls. Aristotle
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They who are to be judges must also be performers. Aristotle
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The beautiful is that which is desirable in itself. Aristotle
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The same ideas, one must believe, recur in men's minds not once or twice but again and again. Aristotle
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Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter. Aristotle
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For nature by the same cause, provided it remain in the same condition, always produces the same effect, so that either coming-to-be or passing-away will always result. Aristotle
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The line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive. Aristotle
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Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. Aristotle
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Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may in the evening of his days meet with great misfortunes. Aristotle
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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
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These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life. Aristotle
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Purpose ... is held to be most closely connected with virtue, and to be a better token of our character than are even our acts. Aristotle
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Without virtue it is difficult to bear gracefully the honors of fortune. Aristotle
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Anyone, without any great penetration, may distinguish the dispositions consequent on wealth; for its possessors are insolent and overbearing, from being tainted in a certain way by the getting of their wealth. For they are affected as though they possessed every good; since wealth is a sort of standard of the worth of other things; whence every thing seems to be purchasable by it. Aristotle
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Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle
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Every wicked man is in ignorance as to what he ought to do, and from what to abstain, and it is because of error such as this that men become unjust and, in a word, wicked. Aristotle
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Equity is that idea of justice which contravenes the written law. Aristotle
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Rhetoric is the counterpart of logic; since both are conversant with subjects of such a nature as it is the business of all to have a certain knowledge of, and which belong to no distinct science. Wherefore all men in some way participate of both; since all, to a certain extent, attempt, as well to sift, as to maintain an argument; as well to defend themselves, as to impeach. Aristotle
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In the case of some people, not even if we had the most accurate scientific knowledge, would it be easy to persuade them were we to address them through the medium of that knowledge; for a scientific discourse, it is the privilege of education to appreciate, and it is impossible that this should extend to the multitude. Aristotle
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Rhetoric is useful because truth and justice are in their nature stronger than their opposites; so that if decisions be made, not in conformity to the rule of propriety, it must have been that they have been got the better of through fault of the advocates themselves: and this is deserving reprehension. Aristotle
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Bad people...are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good. Aristotle
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Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. Aristotle
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Memory is therefore, neither Perception nor Conception, but a state or affection of one of these, conditioned by lapse of time. As already observed, there is no such thing as memory of the present while present, for the present is object only of perception, and the future, of expectation, but the object of memory is the past. All memory, therefore, implies a time elapsed; consequently only those animals which perceive time remember, and the organ whereby they perceive time is also that whereby they remember. Aristotle
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...The entire preoccupation of the physicist is with things that contain within themselves a principle of movement and rest. Aristotle
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... There must then be a principle of such a kind that its substance is activity. Aristotle
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Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity. Aristotle
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The purpose of the present study is not as it is in other inquiries, the attainment of knowledge, we are not conducting this inquiry in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, else there would be no advantage in studying it. For that reason, it becomes necessary to examine the problem of our actions and to ask how they are to be performed. For as we have said, the actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. Aristotle
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Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle
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The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it. Aristotle
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The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole. Aristotle
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Tragedy is an imitation not of men but of a life, an action Aristotle
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Beauty is a gift of God. Aristotle
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We are better able to study our neighbors than ourselves, and their actions than our own. Aristotle
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Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses. Aristotle
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Fine friendship requires duration rather than fitful intensity. Aristotle
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Wicked men obey out of fear. good men, out of love Aristotle
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If thinking is like perceiving, it must be either a process in which the soul is acted upon by what is capable of being thought, or a process different from but analogous to that. The thinking part of the soul must therefore be, while impassable, capable of receiving the form of an object; that is, must be potentially identical in character with its object without being the object. Mind must be related to what is thinkable, as sense is to what is sensible. Aristotle
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Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms; but those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of freemen. Aristotle
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The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore the principles of the power of perception and the souls ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart. Aristotle
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Friendship is communion. Aristotle
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The best things are placed between extremes. Aristotle
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The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts. Aristotle
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Every effort therefore must be made to perpetuate prosperity. And, since that is to the advantage of the rich as well as the poor, all that accrues from the revenues should be collected into a single fund and distributed in block grants to those in need, if possible in lump sums large enough for the acquisition of a small piece of land, but if not, enough to start a business, or work in agriculture. And if that cannot be done for all, the distribution might be by tribes or some other division each in turn. Aristotle
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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle
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Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle
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The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle
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Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle
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