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Aristotle
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Wicked me obey from fear; good men,from love. Aristotle
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In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. 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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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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For even they who compose treatises of medicine or natural philosophy in verse are denominated Poets: yet Homer and Empedocles have nothing in common except their metre; the former, therefore, justly merits the name of the Poet; while the other should rather be called a Physiologist than a Poet. Aristotle
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Evils draw men together. Aristotle
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A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments. Aristotle
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Dissimilarity of habit tends more than anything to destroy affection. Aristotle
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If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development Aristotle
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Sophocles said he drew men as they ought to be, and Euripides as they were. Aristotle
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. . . the man is free, we say, who exists for his own sake and not for another's. Aristotle
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Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved. Aristotle
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The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23 Aristotle
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Wonder implies the desire to learn. Aristotle
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To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity. Aristotle
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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
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Most persons think that a state in order to be happy ought to be large; but even if they are right, they have no idea of what is a large and what a small state.... To the size of states there is a limit, as there is to other things, plants, animals, implements; for none of these retain their natural power when they are too large or too small, but they either wholly lose their nature, or are spoiled. Aristotle
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To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute. Aristotle
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The greatest thing in style is to have a command of metaphor. Aristotle
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And of course, the brain is not responsible for any of the sensations at all. The correct view is that the seat and source of sensation is the region of the heart. 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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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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We may assume the superiority ceteris paribus of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses - in short, from fewer premises. Aristotle
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If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary. 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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True happiness flows from the possession of wisdom and virtue and not from the possession of external goods. Aristotle
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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
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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
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. .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
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A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies. Aristotle
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That in the soul which is called the mind is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing. Aristotle
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He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger. 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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Friends enhance our ability to think and act. 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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Any change of government which has to be introduced should be one which men, starting from their existing constitutions, will be both willing and able to adopt, since there is quite as much trouble in the reformation of an old constitution as in the establishment of a new one, just as to unlearn is as hard as to learn. Aristotle
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Inasmuch as every family is a part of a state, and these relationships are the parts of a family, and the virtue of the part must have regard to the virtue of the whole, women and children must be trained by education with an eye to the constitution, if the virtues of either of them are supposed to make any difference in the virtues of the state. And they must make a difference: for the children grow up to be citizens, and half the free persons in a state are women. Aristotle
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Women who are with child should be careful of themselves; they should take exercise and have a nourishing diet. The first of these prescriptions the legislator will easily carry into effect by requiring that they should take a walk daily to some temple, where they can worship the gods who preside over birth. Their minds, however, unlike their bodies, they ought to keep quiet, for the offspring derive their natures from their mothers as plants do from earth. Aristotle
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If, then, there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake (everything else being desired for the sake of this), and if we do not choose everything for the sake of something else (for at that rate the process would go on to infinity, so that our desire would be empty and vain), clearly this must be the good and the chief good. Aristotle
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In the Laws it is maintained that the best constitution is made up of democracy and tyranny, which are either not constitutions at all, or are the worst of all. But they are nearer the truth who combine many forms; for the constitution is better which is made up of more numerous elements. The constitution proposed in the Laws has no element of monarchy at all; it is nothing but oligarchy and democracy, leaning rather to oligarchy. Aristotle
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There is also a doubt as to what is to be the supreme power in the state: - Is it the multitude? Or the wealthy? Or the good? Or the one best man? Or a tyrant? Aristotle
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But is it just then that the few and the wealthy should be the rulers? And what if they, in like manner, rob and plunder the people, - is this just? Aristotle
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Because the rich are generally few in number, while the poor are many, they appear to be antagonistic, and as the one or the other prevails they form the government. Hence arises the common opinion that there are two kinds of government - democracy and oligarchy. Aristotle
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The good lawgiver should inquire how states and races of men and communities may participate in a good life, and in the happiness which is attainable by them. Aristotle
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The activity of God, which is transcendent in blessedness, is the activity of contemplation; and therefore among human activities that which is most akin to the divine activity of contemplation will be the greatest source of happiness. Aristotle
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As the pleasures of the body are the ones which we most often meet with, and as all men are capable of these, these have usurped the family title; and some men think these are the only pleasures that exist, because they are the only ones which they know. Aristotle
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Even if you must have regard to wealth, in order to secure leisure, yet it is surely a bad thing that the greatest offices, such as those of kings and generals, should be bought. The law which allows this abuse makes wealth of more account than virtue, and the whole state becomes avaricious. Aristotle
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Men agree that justice in the abstract is proportion, but they differ in that some think that if they are equal in any respect they are equal absolutely, others that if they are unequal in any respect they should be unequal in all. The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own. Aristotle
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As to adultery, let it be held disgraceful, in general, for any man or woman to be found in any way unfaithful when they are married, and called husband and wife. If during the time of bearing children anything of the sort occur, let the guilty person be punished with a loss of privileges in proportion to the offense. Aristotle
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The soul is the cause or source of the living body. The terms cause and source have many senses. But the soul is the cause of its body alike in all three senses which we explicitly recognize. It is (a) the source or origin of movement, it is (b) the end, it is (c) the essence of the whole living body. Aristotle
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There also appears to be another element in the soul, which, though irrational, yet in a manner participates in rational principle. Aristotle
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