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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. Aristotle
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Today you can start forming habits for overcoming all obstacles in life... even nicotine cravings Aristotle
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So virtue is a purposive disposition, lying in a mean that is relative to us and determined by a rational principle, and by that which a prudent man would use to determine it. It is a mean between two kinds of vice, one of excess and the other of deficiency... Aristotle
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Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse. ... All human happiness and misery take the form of action. Aristotle
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A good style must, first of all, be clear. It must not be mean or above the dignity of the subject. It must be appropriate. Aristotle
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When you are lonely, when you feel yourself an alien in the world, play Chess. This will raise your spirits and be your counselor in war Aristotle
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In a polity, each citizen is to possess his own arms, which are not supplied or owned by the state. Aristotle
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The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree. Aristotle
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Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him. Aristotle
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Evidence from torture may be considered completely untrustworthy Aristotle
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Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises. Aristotle
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So we must lay it down that the association which is a state exists not for the purpose of living together but for the sake of noble actions. Those who contribute most to this kind of association are for that very reason entitled to a larger share in the state than those who, though they may be equal or even superior in free birth and in family, are inferior in the virtue that belongs to a citizen. Similarly they are entitled to a larger share than those who are superior in riches but inferior in virtue. Aristotle
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Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn. Aristotle
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To die in order to avoid the pains of poverty, love, or anything that is disagreeable, is not the part of a brave man, but of a coward. Aristotle
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Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself. Aristotle
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Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty. Aristotle
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It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others. Aristotle
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It is clear that there is some difference between ends: some ends are energeia [energy], while others are products which are additional to the energeia. Aristotle
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It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way. Aristotle
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Human beings are curious by nature. Aristotle
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The vigorous are no better than the lazy during one half of life, for all men are alike when asleep. Aristotle
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The law does not expressly permit suicide, and what it does not permit it forbids. Aristotle
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The hardest victory is the victory over self. Aristotle
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When quarrels and complaints arise, it is when people who are equal have not got equal shares, or vice-versa. Aristotle
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It is more difficult to organize a peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not organized. Aristotle
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Salt water when it turns into vapour becomes sweet, and the vapour does not form salt water when it condenses again. This I know by experiment. The same thing is true in every case of the kind: wine and all fluids that evaporate and condense back into a liquid state become water. They all are water modified by a certain admixture, the nature of which determines their flavour. Aristotle
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Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. [Thus,] there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people. Aristotle
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[I]t is rather the case that we desire something because we believe it to be good than that we believe a thing to be good because we desire it. It is the thought that starts things off. Aristotle
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Such an event is probable in Agathon's sense of the word: 'it is probable,' he says, 'that many things should happen contrary to probability.' Aristotle
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He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. Aristotle
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The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five. Aristotle
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The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else. Aristotle
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Gentleness is the ability to bear reproaches and slights with moderation, and not to embark on revenge quickly, and not to be easily provoked to anger, but be free from bitterness and contentiousness, having tranquility and stability in the spirit. Aristotle
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This world is inescapably linked to the motions of the worlds above. All power in this world is ruled by these options. Aristotle
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Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. Aristotle
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