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" A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. "
" A friend to all is a friend to none. "
" You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. "
" Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so. "
" The true and the approximately true are apprehended by the same faculty; it may also be noted that men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true, and usually do arrive at the truth. Hence the man who makes a good guess at truth is likely to make a good guess at probabilities. "
" Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. "
" 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. "
" Law is mind without reason. "
" A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. "
" All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. "
" All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. "
" Most people would rather give than get affection. "
" Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. "
" Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. "
" At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. "
" Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. "
" Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. "
" There is no great genius without some touch of madness. "
" Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. "
" Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. "
" The gods too are fond of a joke. "
" In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. "
" Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. "
" My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. "
" For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. "
" The soul never thinks without a picture. "
" The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. "