ARISTOTLE 4

Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
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 a long chain of reasoning.
Aristotle

In constructing the plot and working it out with the proper diction, the poet should place the scene, as far as possible, before his eyes. In this way, seeing everything with the utmost vividness, as if he were a spectator of the action, he will discover what is in keeping with it, and be most unlikely to overlook inconsistencies.
Aristotle

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Aristotle

We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Aristotle

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

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
Aristotle

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

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
Aristotle

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Aristotle

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
Aristotle

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Aristotle

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Aristotle

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
Aristotle

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
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

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
Aristotle

Man is by nature a political animal.
Aristotle

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
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.
Aristotle

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

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

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
Aristotle

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Aristotle

Most people would rather give than get affection.
Aristotle

Education is the best provision for old age.
Aristotle

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