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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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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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[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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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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Wicked men obey for fear, but the good for love. Aristotle
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Imagination is a sort of faint perception. Aristotle
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Those who act receive the prizes. Aristotle
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It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue. Aristotle
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Definition of tragedy: A hero destroyed by the excess of his virtues Aristotle
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Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully. 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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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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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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The best tragedies are conflicts between a hero and his destiny. Aristotle
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Man by nature wants to know. Aristotle
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We become just by the practice of just actions. Aristotle
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To be ignorant of motion is to be ignorant of nature Aristotle
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Melancholy men, of all others, are the most witty. Aristotle
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Temperance and bravery, then, are ruined by excess and deficiency, but preserved by the mean. Aristotle
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...in this way the structure of the universe- I mean, of the heavens and the earth and the whole world- was arranged by one harmony through the blending of the most opposite principles. Aristotle
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To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. Aristotle
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All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there's too much corruption in the world Aristotle
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Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. Aristotle
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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle
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Should a man live underground, and there converse with the works of art and mechanism, and should afterwards be brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would immediately pronounce them the work of such a Being as we define God to be. Aristotle
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No one finds fault with defects which are the result of nature. Aristotle
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A fool contributes nothing worth hearing and takes offense at everything. Aristotle
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We become brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle
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It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace. Aristotle
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When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name - a constitution. Aristotle
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The citizens begin by giving up some part of the constitution, and so with greater ease the government change something else which is a little more important, until they have undermined the whole fabric of the state. Aristotle
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The same things are best both for individuals and for states, and these are the things which the legislator ought to implant in the minds of his citizens. Aristotle
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