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quote by Aristotle: If, therefore, there is any one superior in virtue and in the power of performing the best actions, him we ought to follow and obey, but he must have the capacity for action as well as virtue. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

If, therefore, there is any one superior in virtue and in the power of performing the best actions, him we ought to follow and obey, but he must have the capacity for action as well as virtue.

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quote by Aristotle: It is no part of a physician's business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is no part of a physician's business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients.

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quote by Aristotle: Oh, wretched ephemeral race … why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach: not to be born, not to be, to be … with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Oh, wretched ephemeral race … why do you compel me to tell you what it would be most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is utterly beyond your reach: not to be born, not to be, to be nothing. But the second best for you is--to die soon.

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quote by Aristotle: The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool.

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quote by Aristotle: 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… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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.

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quote by Aristotle: 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.' with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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.'

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quote by Aristotle: 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 tw… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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.

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quote by Aristotle: The student of politics therefore as well as the psychologist must study the nature of the soul. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The student of politics therefore as well as the psychologist must study the nature of the soul.

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quote by Aristotle: Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.

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quote by Aristotle: Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up.

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quote by Aristotle: Those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Those who are not angry at the things they should be angry at are thought to be fools, and so are those who are not angry in the right way, at the right time, or with the right persons.

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quote by Aristotle: Perhaps here we have a clue to the reason why royal rule used to exist formerly, namely the difficulty of finding enough men of outstanding virtue. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Perhaps here we have a clue to the reason why royal rule used to exist formerly, namely the difficulty of finding enough men of outstanding virtue.

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quote by Aristotle: The soul is characterized by these capacities; self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and movement. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The soul is characterized by these capacities; self-nutrition, sensation, thinking, and movement.

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quote by Aristotle: Property should be in a general sense common, but as a general rule private... In well-ordered states, although every man has his own property, some things he will place at the disposal of his friend… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Property should be in a general sense common, but as a general rule private... In well-ordered states, although every man has his own property, some things he will place at the disposal of his friends, while of others he shares the use of them.

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quote by Aristotle: All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.

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quote by Aristotle: The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The only stable principle of government is equality according to proportion, and for every man to enjoy his own.

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quote by Aristotle: If happiness, then, is activity expressing virtue, it is reasonable for it to express the supreme virtue, which will be the virtueof the best thing. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

If happiness, then, is activity expressing virtue, it is reasonable for it to express the supreme virtue, which will be the virtueof the best thing.

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quote by Aristotle: They who are to be judges must also be performers. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

They who are to be judges must also be performers.

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quote by Aristotle: It is not easy for a person to do any great harm when his tenure of office is short, whereas long possession begets tyranny. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is not easy for a person to do any great harm when his tenure of office is short, whereas long possession begets tyranny.

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quote by Aristotle: The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The rattle is a toy suited to the infant mind, and education is a rattle or toy for children of larger growth.

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quote by Aristotle: Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues.

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quote by Aristotle: The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.

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quote by Aristotle: Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Justice therefore demands that no one should do more ruling than being ruled, but that all should have their turn.

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quote by Aristotle: The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five.

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quote by Aristotle: Men do not become tyrants in order that they may not suffer cold. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Men do not become tyrants in order that they may not suffer cold.

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quote by Aristotle: All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves.

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quote by Aristotle: All food must be capable of being digested, and that what produces digestion is warmth; that is why everything that has soul in it possesses warmth. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

All food must be capable of being digested, and that what produces digestion is warmth; that is why everything that has soul in it possesses warmth.

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quote by Aristotle: Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.

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quote by Aristotle: Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Goodness is to do good to the deserving and love the good and hate the wicked, and not to be eager to inflict punishment or take vengeance, but to be gracious and kindly and forgiving.

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quote by Aristotle: Now, the causes being four, it is the business of the student of nature to know about them all, and if he refers his problems back to all of them, he will assign the why in the way proper to his scie… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Now, the causes being four, it is the business of the student of nature to know about them all, and if he refers his problems back to all of them, he will assign the why in the way proper to his science-the matter, the form, the mover, that for the sake of which.

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quote by Aristotle: And this lies in the nature of things: What people are potentially is revealed in actuality by what they produce. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

And this lies in the nature of things: What people are potentially is revealed in actuality by what they produce.

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quote by Aristotle: The actuality of thought is life. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The actuality of thought is life.

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quote by Aristotle: Every man should be responsible to others, nor should any one 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 ev… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Every man should be responsible to others, nor should any one 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.

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quote by Aristotle: As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail.

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quote by Aristotle: This element, the seat of the appetites and of desire in general, does in a sense participate in principle, as being amenable and obedient to it. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

This element, the seat of the appetites and of desire in general, does in a sense participate in principle, as being amenable and obedient to it.

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quote by Aristotle: And, speaking generally, passion seems not to be amenable to reason, but only to force. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

And, speaking generally, passion seems not to be amenable to reason, but only to force.

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quote by Aristotle: The soul suffers when the body is diseased or traumatized, while the body suffers when the soul is ailing. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The soul suffers when the body is diseased or traumatized, while the body suffers when the soul is ailing.

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quote by Aristotle: To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

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quote by Aristotle: Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Marriage is like retiring as a bachelor and getting a sexual pension. You don't have to work for the sex any more, but you only get 65% as much.

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quote by Aristotle: It makes no difference whether a good man has defrauded a bad man, or a bad man defrauded a good man, or whether a good or bad man has committed adultery: the law can look only to the amount of damag… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It makes no difference whether a good man has defrauded a bad man, or a bad man defrauded a good man, or whether a good or bad man has committed adultery: the law can look only to the amount of damage done.

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quote by Aristotle: The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The soul becomes prudent by sitting and being quiet.

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quote by Aristotle: A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast.

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quote by Aristotle: A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself ... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emot… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself ... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.

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quote by Aristotle: The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisibles that are infinitely divisible. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisibles that are infinitely divisible.

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quote by Aristotle: Of governments there are said to be only two forms -- democracy and oligarchy. For aristocracy is considered to be a kind of oligarchy, as being the rule of a few, and the so-called constitutional go… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Of governments there are said to be only two forms -- democracy and oligarchy. For aristocracy is considered to be a kind of oligarchy, as being the rule of a few, and the so-called constitutional government to be really a democracy.

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quote by Aristotle: The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The perversions are as follows: of royalty, tyranny; of aristocracy, oligarchy; of constitutional government, democracy.

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quote by Aristotle: The man who confers a favour would rather not be repaid in the same coin. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The man who confers a favour would rather not be repaid in the same coin.

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quote by Aristotle: Victory is plesant, not only to those who love to conquer, bot to all; for there is produced an idea of superiority, which all with more or less eagerness desire. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Victory is plesant, not only to those who love to conquer, bot to all; for there is produced an idea of superiority, which all with more or less eagerness desire.

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quote by Aristotle: Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Men become richer not only by increasing their existing wealth but also by decreasing their expenditure.

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quote by Aristotle: The true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme poverty lowers the character of the democracy. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme poverty lowers the character of the democracy.

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quote by Aristotle: The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an eve… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties. This exercise must occupy a complete lifetime. One swallow does make a spring, nor does one fine day. Excellence is a habit, not an event.

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quote by Aristotle: It will contribute towards one's object, who wishes to acquire a facility in the gaining of knowledge, to doubt judiciously. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It will contribute towards one's object, who wishes to acquire a facility in the gaining of knowledge, to doubt judiciously.

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quote by Aristotle: Inequality is everywhere at the bottom of faction, for in general faction arises from men's striving for what is equal. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Inequality is everywhere at the bottom of faction, for in general faction arises from men's striving for what is equal.

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quote by Aristotle: The greatest threat to the state is not faction but distraction. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The greatest threat to the state is not faction but distraction.

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quote by Aristotle: A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

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quote by Aristotle: All flatterers are mercenary, and all low-minded men are flatterers. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

All flatterers are mercenary, and all low-minded men are flatterers.

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quote by Aristotle: A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed.

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quote by Aristotle: In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government.

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quote by Aristotle: Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form shou… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Those whose days are consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolties of fashion, unobservant of nature's lovelinessof demarcation, nor on which side thereof an intermediate form should lie.

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quote by Aristotle: The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake.

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quote by Aristotle: Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.

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quote by Aristotle: The angry man wishes the object of his anger to suffer in return; hatred wishes its object not to exist. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The angry man wishes the object of his anger to suffer in return; hatred wishes its object not to exist.

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quote by Aristotle: The best things are placed between extremes. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The best things are placed between extremes.

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quote by Aristotle: A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover.

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quote by Aristotle: People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just.

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quote by Aristotle: Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may in the evening of his days meet with great misfortunes. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Life is full of chances and changes, and the most prosperous of men may in the evening of his days meet with great misfortunes.

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quote by Aristotle: Happiness is self-connectedness. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Happiness is self-connectedness.

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quote by Aristotle: If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life. 

Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life.

Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.

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quote by Aristotle: There is nothing unequal as the equal treatment of unequals. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

There is nothing unequal as the equal treatment of unequals.

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quote by Aristotle: The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The appropriate age for marrige is around eighteen and thirty-seven for man.

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quote by Aristotle: Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers.

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Longer Version:

Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers, and oligarchy in which the rich; it is only an accident that the free are the many and the rich are the few.


quote by Aristotle: You are what you repeatedly do. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

You are what you repeatedly do.

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quote by Aristotle: God and nature create nothing that does not fulfill a purpose. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

God and nature create nothing that does not fulfill a purpose.

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quote by Aristotle: When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name -- a constitution. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name -- a constitution.

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quote by Aristotle: Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency.

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quote by Aristotle: A period may be defined as a portion of speech that has in itself a beginning and an end, being at the same time not too big to be taken in at a glance. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A period may be defined as a portion of speech that has in itself a beginning and an end, being at the same time not too big to be taken in at a glance.

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