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Dissimilarity of habit tends more than anything to destroy affection. Aristotle

If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development Aristotle

Sophocles said he drew men as they ought to be, and Euripides as they were. Aristotle

. . . the man is free, we say, who exists for his own sake and not for another's. Aristotle

Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved. Aristotle

People never know each other until they have eaten a certain amount of salt together. Aristotle

The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an event. Aristotle

What is the highest of all goods achievable by action? ...both the general run of man and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness ...but with regard to what happiness is they differ. Aristotle

If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless. Aristotle

Wonder implies the desire to learn. Aristotle

To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity. Aristotle

In cases of this sort, let us say adultery, rightness and wrongness do not depend on committing it with the right woman at the right time and in the right manner, but the mere fact of committing such action at all is to do wrong. Aristotle

Well does Agathon say: Of this alone is even God deprived - the power of making that which is past never to have been. Aristotle

Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth; for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life. Aristotle

Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old. Aristotle

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

We may assume the superiority ceteris paribus of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses - in short, from fewer premises. Aristotle

If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary. Aristotle

For the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable. Aristotle

The soul is the form of the body Aristotle

95% of everything you do is the result of habit. Aristotle

Friends are an aid to the young, to guard them from error; to the elderly, to attend to their wants and to supplement their failing power of action; to those in the prime of life, to assist them to noble deeds. Aristotle

Wicked me obey from fear; good men,from love. Aristotle

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. Aristotle

The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it. Aristotle

The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole. Aristotle

Tragedy is an imitation not of men but of a life, an action Aristotle

Beauty is a gift of God. Aristotle

We are better able to study our neighbors than ourselves, and their actions than our own. Aristotle

Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness. Aristotle

There is nothing strange in the circle being the origin of any and every marvel. Aristotle

If we state the function of man to be a certain kind of life, and this to be an activity or actions of the soul implying a rational principle, and the function of a good man to be the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed when it is performed in accordance with the appropriate excellence human good turns out to be activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, and if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete. Aristotle

The vices respectively fall short of or exceed what is right in both passions and actions, while virtue both finds and chooses that which is intermediate. Aristotle

In a word, acts of any kind produce habits or characters of the same kind. Hence we ought to make sure that our acts are of a certain kind; for the resulting character varies as they vary. It makes no small difference, therefore, whether a man be trained in his youth up in this way or that, but a great difference, or rather all the difference. Aristotle

For legislators make the citizens good by forming habits in them, and this is the wish of every legislator, and those who do not effect it miss their mark, and it is in this that a good constitution differs from a bad one. Aristotle

Money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural. Aristotle

Men come together in cities in order to live: they remain together in order to live the good life Aristotle

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

For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known), and also it is the most continuous, because we are more capable of continuous contemplation than we are of any practical activity. Aristotle

"I was not alone when I was in Goofy hell" Aristotle

They should rule who are able to rule best. Aristotle

A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself . . . with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions. Aristotle

Perhaps here we have a clue to the reason why royal rule used to exist formerly, namely the difficulty of finding enough men of outstanding virtue .. Aristotle

. .we would have to say that hereditary succession is harmful. You may say the king, having sovereign power, will not in that case hand over to his children. But it is hard to believe that: it is a difficult achievement, which expects too much virtue of human nature. Aristotle

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies. Aristotle

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

True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods. Aristotle

Friendship is communion. Aristotle

The best things are placed between extremes. Aristotle

The mass of mankind are evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts. Aristotle

That in the soul which is called the mind is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. Aristotle

He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger. Aristotle

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

The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23 Aristotle

For we do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary conditions or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its simplest elements. Aristotle

Happiness is self-connectedness. Aristotle

Find the good. Seek the Unity. Ignore the divisions among us. Aristotle

The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse. Aristotle

The complete man must work, study and wrestle. Aristotle

Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure. Aristotle

That which is excellent endures. Aristotle

A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself. Aristotle

Emotions of any kind are produced by melody and rhythm; therefore by music a man becomes accustomed to feeling the right emotions; music has thus the power to form character, and the various kinds of music based on various modes may be distinguished by their effects on character. Aristotle

He who cannot see the truth for himself, nor, hearing it from others, store it away in his mind, that man is utterly worthless. Aristotle

In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. Aristotle

It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle

Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle

He who is by nature not his own but another's man, is by nature a slave. Aristotle

One swallow does not make a spring. Aristotle

The basis of a democratic state is liberty. Aristotle



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