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Aristotle
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[Meanness] is more ingrained in man's nature than Prodigality; the mass of mankind are avaricious rather than open-handed. Aristotle
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The goodness or badness, justice or injustice, of laws varies of necessity with the constitution of states. This, however, is clear, that the laws must be adapted to the constitutions. But if so, true forms of government will of necessity have just laws, and perverted forms of government will have unjust laws. Aristotle
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The knowledge of the soul admittedly contributes greatly to the advance of truth in general, and, above all, to our understanding of Nature, for the soul is in some sense the principle of animal life. Aristotle
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Actual knowledge is identical with its object: in the individual, potential knowledge is in time prior to actual knowledge, but in the universe as a whole it is not prior even in time. Mind is not at one time knowing and at another not. When mind is set free from its present conditions it appears as just what it is and nothing more: this alone is immortal and eternal (we do not, however, remember its former activity because, while mind in this sense is impassible, mind as passive is destructible), and without it nothing thinks. Aristotle
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The attainment of truth is then the function of both the intellectual parts of the soul. Therefore their respective virtues are those dispositions which will best qualify them to attain truth. Aristotle
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In bad or corrupted natures the body will often appear to rule over the soul, because they are in an evil and unnatural condition. At all events we may firstly observe in living creatures both a despotical and a constitutional rule; for the soul rules the body with a despotical rule, whereas the intellect rules the appetites with a constitutional and royal rule. And it is clear that the rule of the soul over the body, and of the mind and the rational element over the passionate, is natural and expedient; whereas the equality of the two or the rule of the inferior is always hurtful. Aristotle
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[the virtues] cannot exist without Prudence. A proof of this is that everyone, even at the present day, in defining Virtue, after saying what disposition it is [i.e. moral virtue] and specifying the things with which it is concerned, adds that it is a disposition determined by the right principle; and the right principle is the principle determined by Prudence. Aristotle
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A man's happiness consists in the free exercise of his highest faculties. Aristotle
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The high-minded man is fond of conferring benefits, but it shames him to receive them. Aristotle
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What we know is not capable of being otherwise; of things capable of being otherwise we do not know, when they have passed outsideour observation, whether they exist or not. Therefore the object of knowledge is of necessity. Therefore it is eternal; for things that are of necessity in the unqualified sense are all eternal; and things that are eternal are ungenerated and imperishable. Aristotle
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In justice is all virtues found in sum. Aristotle
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Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation. 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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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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We become just by the practice of just actions. 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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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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To Unlearn is as hard as to Learn Aristotle
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The wise man knows of all things, as far as possible, although he has no knowledge of each of them in detail 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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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
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Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. Aristotle
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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. Aristotle
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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle
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The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle
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Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle
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To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill. Aristotle
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Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. Aristotle
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The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle
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What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. Aristotle
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There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. Aristotle
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It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. Aristotle
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A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. Aristotle
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But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul. Aristotle
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The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle
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If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out. Aristotle
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Thus then a single harmony orders the composition of the whole...by the mingling of the most contrary principles. Aristotle
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Only you can take you to Funkytown. Aristotle
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A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence...makes us more fully conscious of our own existence. Aristotle
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Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. Aristotle
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Prayers and sacrifices are of no avail. 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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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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The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case. Aristotle
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And it is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes family and a state. Aristotle
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The hand is the tool of tools. Aristotle
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Where it is in our power to act, it is also in our power to not act. 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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That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Every one thinks chiefly of his own, hardly at all of the common interest; and only when he is himself concerned as an individual. For besides other considerations, everybody is more inclined to neglect the duty which he expects another to fulfill. Aristotle
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The specific excellence of verbal expression in poetry is to be clear without being low. Aristotle
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