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Aristotle
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Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. 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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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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For the more limited, if adequate, is always preferable. Aristotle
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The soul is the form of the body Aristotle
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95% of everything you do is the result of habit. Aristotle
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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
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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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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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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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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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The complete man must work, study and wrestle. Aristotle
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Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure. Aristotle
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That which is excellent endures. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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Happiness is self-connectedness. Aristotle
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Find the good. Seek the Unity. Ignore the divisions among us. Aristotle
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The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse. Aristotle
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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
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It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken. Aristotle
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Tragedy is a representation of action that is worthy of serious attention, complete in itself and of some magnitude - bringing about by means of pity and fear the purging of such emotions. Aristotle
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Well does Agathon say: Of this alone is even God deprived - the power of making that which is past never to have been. Aristotle
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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
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Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old. Aristotle
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People never know each other until they have eaten a certain amount of salt together. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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The basis of a democratic state is liberty. Aristotle
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All paid employments... absorb and degrade the mind. Aristotle
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One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle
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A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end. Aristotle
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In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. Aristotle
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It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle
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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
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He who is by nature not his own but another's man, is by nature a slave. Aristotle
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One swallow does not make a spring. 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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