Quotation by Aristotle

The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate, so that being thrown into the balance it may prevent either scale from preponderating.
Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Politics, bk. 4, ch. 11, sct. 1295b (c. 343 B.C.), trans. by William Ellis (1912).
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