ARISTOTLE QUOTES IV

Greek philosopher (384 B.C. - 322 B.C.)

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Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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Men are good in but one way, but bad in many.

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If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God's self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal.

ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics

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The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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As our acts vary, our habits will follow in their course.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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

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There are, then, three states of mind ... two vices--that of excess, and that of defect; and one virtue--the mean; and all these are in a certain sense opposed to one another; for the extremes are not only opposed to the mean, but also to one another; and the mean is opposed to the extremes.

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Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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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, Metaphysics

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Bravery is a mean state concerned with things that inspire confidence and with things fearful ... and leading us to choose danger and to face it, either because to do so is noble, or because not to do so is base. But to court death as an escape from poverty, or from love, or from some grievous pain, is no proof of bravery, but rather of cowardice.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is.

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Anyone, without any great penetration, may distinguish the dispositions consequent on wealth; for its possessors are insolent and overbearing, from being tainted in a certain way by the getting of their wealth. For they are affected as though they possessed every good; since wealth is a sort of standard of the worth of other things; whence every thing seems to be purchaseable by it.

ARISTOTLE, Rhetoric

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Money was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means the birth of money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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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, Nicomachean Ethics

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The law is reason unaffected by desire.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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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. But most people do not do these, but take refuge in theory and think they are being philosophers and will become good in this way, behaving somewhat like patients who listen attentively to their doctors, but do none of the things they are ordered to do.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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