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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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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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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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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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Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. 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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Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. 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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The life of children, as much as that of intemperate men, is wholly governed by their desires. Aristotle
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It is not the possessions but the desires of mankind which require to be equalized. Aristotle
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Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul. 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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But it is not at all certain that this superiority of the many over the sound few is possible in the case of every people and every large number. There are some whom it would be impossible: otherwise the theory would apply to wild animals- and yet some men are hardly any better than wild animals. Aristotle
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A democracy exists whenever those who are free and are not well-off, being in the majority, are in sovereign control of government, an oligarchy when control lies with the rich and better-born, these being few. Aristotle
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Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has. Aristotle
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We, on the other hand, must take for granted that the things that exist by nature are, either all or some of them, in motion. 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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He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. 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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