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The Nicomachean Ethics The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
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“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.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
Aristotle, Selected Writings From The Nicomachean Ethics And Politics
“Philosophy can make people sick.”
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
“The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life--knowing that under certain conditions it is not worth while to live. He is of a disposition to do men service, though he is ashamed to have a service done to him. To confer a kindness is a mark of superiority; to receive one is a mark of subordination... He does not take part in public displays... He is open in his dislikes and preferences; he talks and acts frankly, because of his contempt for men and things... He is never fired with admiration, since there is nothing great in his eyes. He cannot live in complaisance with others, except it be a friend; complaisance is the characteristic of a slave... He never feels malice, and always forgets and passes over injuries... He is not fond of talking... It is no concern of his that he should be praised, or that others should be blamed. He does not speak evil of others, even of his enemies, unless it be to themselves. His carriage is sedate, his voice deep, his speech measured; he is not given to hurry, for he is concerned about only a few things; he is not prone to vehemence, for he thinks nothing very important. A shrill voice and hasty steps come to a man through care... He bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of his circumstances, like a skillful general who marshals his limited forces with the strategy of war... He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy, and is afraid of solitude.”
Aristotle, Ethics
“These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Bad people...are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good.”
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
“Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“We must not listen to those who advise us 'being men to think human thoughts, and being mortal to think mortal thoughts' but must put on immortality as much as possible and strain every nerve to live according to that best part of us, which, being small in bulk, yet much more in its power and honour surpasses all else.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things... and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“bad men... aim at getting more than their share of advantages, while in labor and public service they fall short of their share; and each man wishing for advantage to himself criticizes his neighbor and stands in his way; for if people do not watch it carefully the common weal is soon destroyed. The result is that they are in a state of faction, putting compulsion on each other but unwilling themselves to do what is just.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Happiness then, is found to be something perfect and self sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Such [communistic] legislation may have a specious appearance of benevolence; men readily listen to it, and are easily induced to believe that in some wonderful manner everybody will become everybody's friend, especially when some one is heard denouncing the evils now existing in states, suits about contracts, convictions for perjury, flatteries of rich men and the like, which are said to arise out of the possession of private property. These evils, however, are due to a very different cause - the wickedness of human nature. Indeed, we see that there is much more quarrelling among those who have all things in common, though there are not many of them when compared with the vast numbers who have private property.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Moral experience—the actual possession and exercise of good character—is necessary truly to understand moral principles and profitably to apply them.”
Aristotle, Ethics
“Again, those also who are ignorant of legal regulations which they are bound to know, and which are not hard to know, they chastise; and similarly in all other cases where neglect is thought to be the cause of the ignorance, under the notion that it was in their power to prevent their ignorance, because they might have paid attention.”
Aristotle, Ethics
“Virtue lies in our power, and similarly so does vice; because where it is in our power to act, it is also in our power not to act...”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Hay 3 cosas que siempre vamos a preferir: lo bueno, lo útil y lo placentero.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Obrar por ignorancia y obrar con ignorancia no son lo mísmo.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“And so the good man ought to be Self-loving: because by doing what is noble he will have advantage himself and will do good to others: but the bad man ought not to be, because he will harm himself and his neighbours by following low and evil passions. In the case of the bad man, what he ought to do and what he does are at variance, but the good man does what he ought to do, because all Intellect chooses what is best for itself and the good man puts himself under the direction of Intellect.”
Aristotle, Ethics
“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, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Even in adversity, nobility shines through, when a man endures repeated and severe misfortune with patience, not owing to insensibility but from generosity and greatness of soul.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“Lawgivers make the citizens food by training them in habits of right action - this is the aim of all legislation, and if it fails to do this it is a failure.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“To amuse oneself in order that one may exert oneself, as Anacharsis puts it, seems right; for amusement is a sort of relaxation, and we need relaxation because we cannot work continuously.”
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
“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.”
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

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