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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.

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Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

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It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

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Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.

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Wit is well-bred insolence.

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We are what we repeatedly do.

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To perceive is to suffer.

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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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Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.

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Aristotle — quotes and aphorisms

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

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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.

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The gods too are fond of a joke.

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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

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Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.

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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.

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Nature does nothing uselessly.

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Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

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Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.

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