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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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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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Virtue also depends on ourselves. And so also does vice. For where we are free to act we are also free to refrain from acting, and where we are able to say No we are also able to say Yes; if therefore we are responsible for doing a thing when to do it right, we are also responsible for not doing it when not to do it is wrong, and if we are responsible for rightly not doing a thing, we are also responsible for wrongly doing it. Aristotle
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Our virtues are voluntary (and in fact we are in a sense ourselves partly the cause of our moral dispositions, and it is our having a certain character that makes us set up an end of a certain kind), it follows that our vices are voluntary also; they are voluntary in the same manner as our virtues. 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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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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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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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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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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Today you can start forming habits for overcoming all obstacles in life... even nicotine cravings Aristotle
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The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. Aristotle
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He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle
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Irrational passions would seem to be as much a part of human nature as is reason. Aristotle
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He then alone will strictly be called brave who is fearless of a noble death, and of all such chances as come upon us with sudden death in their train. Aristotle
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We ought to be able to persuade on opposite sides of a question; as also we ought in the case of arguing by syllogism: not that we should practice both, for it is not right to persuade to what is bad; but in order that the bearing of the case may not escape us, and that when another makes an unfair use of these reasonings, we may be able to solve them. Aristotle
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Now all orators effect their demonstrative proofs by allegation either of enthymems or examples, and, besides these, in no other way whatever. Aristotle
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If 'bounded by a surface' is the definition of body there cannot be an infinite body either intelligible or sensible. Aristotle
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It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why any one should have a knowledge of it. Aristotle
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Since the branch of philosophy on which we are at present engaged differs from the others in not being a subject of merely intellectual interest - I mean we are not concerned to know what goodness essentially is, but how we are to become good men, for this alone gives the study its practical value - we must apply our minds to the solution of the problems of conduct. Aristotle
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It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. Aristotle
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Just as at the Olympic games it is not the handsomest or strongest men who are crowned with victory but the successful competitors, so in life it is those who act rightly who carry off all the prizes and rewards. Aristotle
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Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire. Aristotle
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You'll understand what life is if you think about the act of dying. When I die, how will I be different from the way I am right now? In the first moments after death, my body will be scarcely different in physical terms than it was in the last seconds of life, but I will no longer move, no longer sense, nor speak, nor feel, nor care. It's these things that are life. At that moment, the psyche takes flight in the last breath. Aristotle
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Aristotle suggests that the rotating Earth was a generally accepted tenet of Pythagorism: "While most of those who hold that the whole heaven is finite say that the earth lies at the center, the philosophers of Italy, the so-called Pythagoreans, assert the contrary. They say that in the middle there is fire, and that the earth is one of the stars, and by its circular motion round the center produces night and day." Aristotle
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When...we, as individuals, obey laws that direct us to behave for the welfare of the community as a whole, we are indirectly helping to promote the pursuit of happiness by our fellow human beings. Aristotle
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Every science and every inquiry, and similarly every activity and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good. Aristotle
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All men agree that a just distribution must be according to merit in some sense; they do not all specify the same sort of merit, but democrats identify it with freemen, supporters of oligarchy with wealth (or noble birth), and supporters of aristocracy with excellence. Aristotle
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Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed. Aristotle
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Long-lived persons have one or two lines which extend through the whole hand; short-lived persons have two lines not extending through the whole hand. Aristotle
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Our account does not rob the mathematicians of their science... In point of fact they do not need the infinite and do not use it. Aristotle
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The man who confers a favour would rather not be repaid in the same coin. Aristotle
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