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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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Where it is in our power to act, it is also in our power to not act. 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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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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