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quote by Aristotle: Liars when they speak the truth are not believed. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

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

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.

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quote by Aristotle: Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation.

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Longer Version:

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


quote by Aristotle: Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents.

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quote by Aristotle: Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty.

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quote by Aristotle: Evil draws men together. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Evil draws men together.

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quote by Aristotle: A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

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quote by Aristotle: The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

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

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.

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quote by Aristotle: It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.

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quote by Aristotle: A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.

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quote by Aristotle: Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.

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quote by Aristotle: Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal absolutely. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal absolutely.

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quote by Aristotle: For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.

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quote by Aristotle: Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.

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quote by Aristotle: It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming go… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good.

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quote by Aristotle: I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.

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quote by Aristotle: Between friends there is no need for justice, but people who are just still need the quality of friendship; and indeed friendliness is considered to be justice in the fullest sense. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Between friends there is no need for justice, but people who are just still need the quality of friendship; and indeed friendliness is considered to be justice in the fullest sense.

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quote by Aristotle: It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

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quote by Aristotle: Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

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quote by Aristotle: Wicked me obey from fear; good men,from love. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Wicked me obey from fear; good men,from love.

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quote by Aristotle: We have no evidence as yet about mind or the power to think; it seems to be a widely different kind of soul, differing as what is eternal from what is perishable; it alone is capable of existence in … with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

We have no evidence as yet about mind or the power to think; it seems to be a widely different kind of soul, differing as what is eternal from what is perishable; it alone is capable of existence in isolation from all other psychic powers.

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quote by Aristotle: Friendship also seems to be the bond that hold communities together. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Friendship also seems to be the bond that hold communities together.

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quote by Aristotle: The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.

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quote by Aristotle: Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good.

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quote by Aristotle: No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.

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quote by Aristotle: The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

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quote by Aristotle: The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, tha… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy.

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quote by Aristotle: Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice. with background image: yellow and white abstract painting
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Yes the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.

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quote by Aristotle: Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

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quote by Aristotle: Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person.

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quote by Aristotle: Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Patience is so like fortitude that she seems either her sister or her daughter.

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quote by Aristotle: The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy.

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quote by Aristotle: I have spoken, you have heard, you have the facts, judge. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

I have spoken, you have heard, you have the facts, judge.

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quote by Aristotle: A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble.

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quote by Aristotle: We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.

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quote by Aristotle: The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.

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quote by Aristotle: Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain.

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quote by Aristotle: The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.

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quote by Aristotle: He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

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quote by Aristotle: The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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

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quote by Aristotle: All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.

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quote by Aristotle: What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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

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quote by Aristotle: Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one's material circumstances. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one's material circumstances.

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quote by Aristotle: What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

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quote by Aristotle: The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be… with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the polis, and must therefore be either a beast or a god.

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quote by Aristotle: You ought not to fear that over which you have no control. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

You ought not to fear that over which you have no control.

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quote by Aristotle: The basis of a democratic state is liberty. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.

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quote by Aristotle: It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

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

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quote by Aristotle: He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

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quote by Aristotle: It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse.

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quote by Aristotle: Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. with background image: lone tree in grassland
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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

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quote by Aristotle: Refraining from pleasure cultivates temperance, and it is through temperance that we can abstain from pleasure. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Refraining from pleasure cultivates temperance, and it is through temperance that we can abstain from pleasure.

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quote by Aristotle: One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

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quote by Aristotle: The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The best way to avoid envy is to deserve the success you get.

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quote by Aristotle: Envy is pain at the good fortune of others. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Envy is pain at the good fortune of others.

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quote by Aristotle: Hope is a waking dream. with background image: low-angle photography of green leaf tree
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Hope is a waking dream.

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quote by Aristotle: When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition.

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quote by Aristotle: We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.

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quote by Aristotle: Happiness is a state of activity. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Happiness is a state of activity.

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quote by Aristotle: A true friend is one soul in two bodies. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

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

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.

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quote by Aristotle: Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

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quote by Aristotle: Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

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quote by Aristotle: Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

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quote by Aristotle: Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

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quote by Aristotle: No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.

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

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.

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quote by Aristotle: It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.

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quote by Aristotle: The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow … with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.

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quote by Aristotle: Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

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quote by Aristotle: Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

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quote by Aristotle: No one loves the man whom he fears. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

No one loves the man whom he fears.

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quote by Aristotle: Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

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quote by Aristotle: In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.

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quote by Aristotle: The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

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quote by Aristotle: The law is reason, free from passion. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The law is reason, free from passion.

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quote by Aristotle: Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

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

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.

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quote by Aristotle: Bad men are full of repentance. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Bad men are full of repentance.

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quote by Aristotle: Nature does nothing in vain. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Nature does nothing in vain.

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quote by Aristotle: A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.

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quote by Aristotle: The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.

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quote by Aristotle: Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.

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quote by Aristotle: The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

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quote by Aristotle: Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.

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quote by Aristotle: For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.

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quote by Aristotle: Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

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quote by Aristotle: The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

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quote by Aristotle: It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

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quote by Aristotle: The end of labor is to gain leisure. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

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quote by Aristotle: Education is the best provision for old age. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Education is the best provision for old age.

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quote by Aristotle: A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.

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quote by Aristotle: I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

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quote by Aristotle: We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

--Aristotle

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