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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle
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No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle
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The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Aristotle
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All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. Aristotle
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Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. Aristotle
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The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle
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Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle
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The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle
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We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one. Aristotle
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Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. 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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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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Hope is the dream of a waking man. 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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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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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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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
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There is nothing strange in the circle being the origin of any and every marvel. Aristotle
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Men come together in cities in order to live: they remain together in order to live the good life 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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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
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"I was not alone when I was in Goofy hell" Aristotle
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They should rule who are able to rule best. 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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