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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 body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five. 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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For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends. Wherefore, if he have not virtue, he is the most unholy and the most savage of animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony. But justice is the bond of men in states, and the administration of justice, which is the determination of what is just, is the principle of order in political society. 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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The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. 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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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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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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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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That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it Aristotle
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The man who is content to live alone is either a beast or a god. Aristotle
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Virtue makes us aim at the right end, and practical wisdom makes us take the right means. Aristotle
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A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps close to truth. Aristotle
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For imitation is natural to man from his infancy. Man differs from other animals particularly in this, that he is imitative, and acquires his rudiments of knowledge in this way; besides, the delight in it is universal. Aristotle
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No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other. Aristotle
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Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled ; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. Aristotle
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We ought not to listen to those who exhort us, because we are human, to think of human things....We ought rather to take on immortality as much as possible, and do all that we can to live in accordance with the highest element within us; for even if its bulk is small, in its power and value it far exceeds everything. Aristotle
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The investigation of the truth is in one way hard, in another easy. An indication of this is found in the fact that no one is able to attain the truth adequately, while, on the other hand, no one fails entirely, but everyone says something true about the nature of all things, and while individually they contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount is amassed. Aristotle
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The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement. Aristotle
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Nature does nothing in vain. Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents, in order to be content and complete. Aristotle
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Laughter is a bodily exercise, precious to Health Aristotle
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You should never think without an image. Aristotle
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Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. 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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