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  • Man is by nature a political animal.
    (Aristotle)

  • The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.
    (Aristotle)

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

  • Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members but that they might live well for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.
    (Aristotle)

  • 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.
    (Aristotle)


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

  • Man is naturally a political animal.
    (Aristotle)

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

  • 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)


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