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Aristotle
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Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society. Aristotle

Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. Aristotle

Imagination is a sort of faint perception. Aristotle

Those who act receive the prizes. Aristotle

It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue. Aristotle

Definition of tragedy: A hero destroyed by the excess of his virtues Aristotle

Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle

The best tragedies are conflicts between a hero and his destiny. Aristotle

Man by nature wants to know. Aristotle

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle

The distinction between historian and poet is not in the one writing prose and the other verse... the one describes the thing that has been, and the other a kind of thing that might be. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. Aristotle

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it. Aristotle

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication; for youth is sweet and they are growing. Aristotle

The things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician scientific proofs. Aristotle

For the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing. Aristotle

Any one can get angry - that is easy - or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy. Aristotle

For example, justice is considered to mean equality, It does mean equality- but equality for those who are equal, and not for all. Aristotle

The Good of man is the active exercise of his souls faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue, or if there be several human excellences or virtues, in conformity with the best and most perfect among them. Aristotle

All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle

Wicked men obey for fear, but the good for love. Aristotle

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. Aristotle

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle

Irrational passions would seem to be as much a part of human nature as is reason. Aristotle

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

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

Now all orators effect their demonstrative proofs by allegation either of enthymems or examples, and, besides these, in no other way whatever. Aristotle

If 'bounded by a surface' is the definition of body there cannot be an infinite body either intelligible or sensible. Aristotle

It is not easy to determine the nature of music, or why any one should have a knowledge of it. Aristotle

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

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. Aristotle

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

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

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. Aristotle

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

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

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. Aristotle

The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle

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

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. Aristotle

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

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

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

The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle

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

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out. Aristotle

Thus then a single harmony orders the composition of the whole...by the mingling of the most contrary principles. Aristotle

Only you can take you to Funkytown. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

The hand is the tool of tools. Aristotle

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

To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character. Aristotle

Our characters are the result of our conduct. Aristotle

The intention makes the crime. Aristotle

Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous. Aristotle

They who have drunk beer, fall on their back, but there is a peculiarity in the effects of the drink made from barley, for they that get drunk on other intoxicating liquors fall on all parts of their body, they fall on the left side, on the right side, on their faces, and and on their backs. But it is only those who get drunk on beer that fall on their backs with their faces upward. Aristotle

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. Aristotle

We ought, so far as it lies within our power, to aspire to immortality, and do all that we can to live in conformity with the highest that is within us; for even if it is small in quantity, in power and preciousness, it far excels all the rest. Aristotle

The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement - in fact, of nervous functions in general, - are to be sought in the heart. The brain is an organ of minor importance. Aristotle

The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity of the dissimilar. Aristotle

Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man. Aristotle

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence. Aristotle

The energy or active exercise of the mind constitutes life. Aristotle



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