Aristotle

384 - 322 BC

A Quote by Aristotle

One swallow does not make a summer?

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Nicomachean Ethics (4th c. BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on good

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The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect; it is too exciting.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, argument, body, chance, day, doubt, evolution, food, losing, nature, necessity, and purpose

The evolution of species was the subject of conjecture long before Darwin's day. Here Aristotle attributes to Empedocles an evolutionary doctrine strikingly reminiscent of natural selection: "Empedocles says that the greater part of the members of animals were generated by chance . . . What, then, hinders but that the parts in Nature may also thus arise [from necessity]? For instance, that the teeth should arise from necessity, the front teeth sharp and adapted to divide the food, the molars broad and adapted to breaking the food into pieces. It may be said that they were not made for this purpose, but that this purposive arrangement came about by chance; and the same reasoning is applied to other parts of the body in which subsistence for some purpose is apparent. And it is argued that where all things happened as if they were made for some purpose, being aptly united by chance, these were preserved, but such as were not aptly made, these were lost and still perish, according to what Empedocles says concerning the bull species with human heads. This, therefore, and similar reasoning, may lead some to doubt on this subject."

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Physics, Fourth Century B.C.

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A Quote by Aristotle on divinity, excellence, thinking, and thought

It is of itself that the divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Metaphysics, book XII

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A Quote by Aristotle on life and thought

The actuality of thought is life.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Metaphysics, book XII

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A Quote by Aristotle on agreement, justice, and thought

It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Metaphysics

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A Quote by Aristotle on mind and soul

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That in the soul which is called the mind is, before it thinks, not actually any real thing.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: De Anima

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A Quote by Aristotle on power and time

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

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

Source: Physics, book. IV

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A Quote by Aristotle on rest

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All proofs rest on premises.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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