Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Quotes Aristotle

Aristotle, polymath, philosopher and key figure in development of western civilisation.
One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
Aristotle (Ethics (I.1098a18)

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 Nicomachean Ethics (I.1096a5)
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
- Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics I.1096a16)
Man is by nature a political animal. (I.1253a2)
- Aristotle Politics (IV.1291b34)

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
- Aristotle Politics (IV.1291b34)

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 Politics (IV.1291b34)

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 the government to the utmost.
- Aristotle Politics (IV.1291b34)

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
- Aristotle Poetry (1451b6)

If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God's self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal.
Aristotle (Metaphysics - XII.1072b24)

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