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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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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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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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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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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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Hope is the dream of a waking man. 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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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
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All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge. Aristotle
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Fortune favours the bold. 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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If they do not share equally enjoyments and toils, those who labor much and get little will necessarily complain of those who labor little and receive or consume much. But indeed there is always a difficulty in men living together and having all human relations in common, but especially in their having common property. Aristotle
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All three states - the Lacedaemonian, the Cretan, and the Carthaginian - nearly resemble one another, and are very different from any others. Many of the Carthaginian institutions are excellent. The superiority of their constitution is proved by the fact that the common people remains loyal to the constitution; the Carthaginians have never had any rebellion worth speaking of, and have never been under the rule of a tyrant. Aristotle
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Every man should be responsible to others, nor should anyone be allowed to do just as he pleases; for where absolute freedom is allowed there is nothing to restrain the evil which is inherent in every man. But the principle of responsibility secures that which is the greatest good in states; the right persons rule and are prevented from doing wrong, and the people have their due. It is evident that this is the best kind of democracy, and why? because the people are drawn from a certain class. Aristotle
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Women should marry when they are about eighteen years of age, and men at seven and thirty; then they are in the prime of life, and the decline in the powers of both will coincide. Aristotle
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Youth should be kept strangers to all that is bad, and especially to things which suggest vice or hate. When the five years have passed away, during the two following years they must look on at the pursuits which they are hereafter to learn. There are two periods of life with reference to which education has to be divided, from seven to the age of puberty, and onwards to the age of one and twenty. Aristotle
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There are branches of learning and education which we must study merely with a view to leisure spent in intellectual activity, and these are to be valued for their own sake; whereas those kinds of knowledge which are useful in business are to be deemed necessary, and exist for the sake of other things. Aristotle
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There are three things that are the motives of choice and three that are the motives of avoidance; namely, the noble, the expedient, and the pleasant, and their opposites, the base, the harmful, and the painful. Now in respect of all these the good man is likely to go right and the bad to go wrong, but especially in respect of pleasure; for pleasure is common to man with the lower animals, and also it is a concomitant of all the objects of choice, since both the noble and the expedient appear to us pleasant. Aristotle
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When you have thrown a stone, you cannot afterwards bring it back again, but nevertheless you are responsible for having taken up the stone and flung it, for the origin of the act was within you. Similarly the unjust and profligate might at the outset have avoided becoming so, and therefore they are so voluntarily, although when they have become unjust and profligate it is no longer open to them not to be so. Aristotle
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If a man of good natural disposition acquires Intelligence [as a whole], then he excels in conduct, and the disposition which previously only resembled Virtue, will now be Virtue in the true sense. Hence just as with the faculty of forming opinions [the calculative faculty] there are two qualities, Cleverness and Prudence, so also in the moral part of the soul there are two qualities, natural virtue and true Virtue; and true Virtue cannot exist without Prudence. Aristotle
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If the state cannot be entirely composed of good men, and yet each citizen is expected to do his own business well, and must therefore have virtue, still inasmuch as all the citizens cannot be alike, the virtue of the citizen and of the good man cannot coincide. All must have the virtue of the good citizen - thus, and thus only, can the state be perfect; but they will not have the virtue of a good man, unless we assume that in the good state all the citizens must be good. Aristotle
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The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own. Aristotle
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In all well-attempered governments there is nothing which should be more jealously maintained than the spirit of obedience to law, more especially in small matters; for transgression creeps in unperceived and at last ruins the state, just as the constant recurrence of small expenses in time eats up a fortune. Aristotle
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The government of freemen is nobler and implies more virtue than despotic government. Neither is a city to be deemed happy or a legislator to be praised because he trains his citizens to conquer and obtain dominion over their neighbors, for there is great evil in this. Aristotle
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Every man should be responsible to others, nor should any one be allowed to do just as he pleases; for where absolute freedom is allowed, there is nothing to restrain the evil which is inherent in every man. Aristotle
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No one chooses what does not rest with himself, but only what he thinks can be attained by his own act. Aristotle
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