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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 animals, nature, and politics

Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, goals, life, and meaning

Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, justice, and laws

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, justice, and laws

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Aristotle on animals, beauty, confusion, time, and unity

Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Andrew Linzey on animals, facts, life, opportunity, and people

It is an unfortunate fact that those people who are most eloquent in their demand for the conservation of animals are often those most eager to violate animal life at the first opportunity.

Andrew Linzey (1952 -)

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A Quote by Andrew Linzey on animals, ecology, minorities, responsibility, society, and world

Despite one or two minority appeals our society is not outraged at man's unremitting use of the animal world. Ecologists and environmentalists may talk of "ecological consciousness" or "environmental responsibility" but seldom, if ever, is this responsibility articulated towards other non-human species in particular.

Andrew Linzey (1952 -)

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A Quote by Anatole France on animals, love, and soul

Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

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A Quote by Amy Leslie on animals

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No animal is so inexhaustable as an excited infant.

Amy Leslie

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