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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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Fine friendship requires duration rather than fitful intensity. Aristotle
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Wicked men obey out of fear. good men, out of love Aristotle
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If thinking is like perceiving, it must be either a process in which the soul is acted upon by what is capable of being thought, or a process different from but analogous to that. The thinking part of the soul must therefore be, while impassable, capable of receiving the form of an object; that is, must be potentially identical in character with its object without being the object. Mind must be related to what is thinkable, as sense is to what is sensible. Aristotle
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Governments which have a regard to the common interest are constituted in accordance with strict principles of justice, and are therefore true forms; but those which regard only the interest of the rulers are all defective and perverted forms, for they are despotic, whereas a state is a community of freemen. Aristotle
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Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity. Aristotle
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The purpose of the present study is not as it is in other inquiries, the attainment of knowledge, we are not conducting this inquiry in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, else there would be no advantage in studying it. For that reason, it becomes necessary to examine the problem of our actions and to ask how they are to be performed. For as we have said, the actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. 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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The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23 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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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 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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Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. Aristotle
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We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move-and he, in turn, waits for you. 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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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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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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Happiness is at once the best, the noblest, and the pleasantest of things. Aristotle
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In all things which have a plurality of parts, and which are not a total aggregate but a whole of some sort distinct from the parts, there is some cause. Aristotle
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The same thing may have all the kinds of causes, e.g. the moving cause of a house is the art or the builder, the final cause is the function it fulfils, the matter is earth and stones, and the form is the definitory formula. Aristotle
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Love is the cause of unity in all things. Aristotle
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Thus it is thought that justice is equality; and so it is, but not for all persons, only for those that are equal. Inequality also is thought to be just; and so it is, but not for all, only for the unequal. We make bad mistakes if we neglect this for whom when we are deciding what is just. The reason is that we are making judgements about ourselves, and people are generally bad judges where their own interests are involved. 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. Aristotle
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