Poetry utters universal truths, history particular statements.



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Poetry utters universal truths, history particular statements. Aristotle

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The greater the length, the more beautiful will the piece be by reason of its size, provided that the whole be perspicuous.

It is impossible that there should be demonstration of absolutely everything; [for then] there would be an infinite regress, so that there would still be no demonstration.

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.

A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.

None of the moral virtues is engendered in us by nature, for no natural property can be altered by habit.

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form, but with regard to their mode of life.

For there are two reasons why human beings face danger calmly: they may have no experience of it, or they may have means to deal with it: thus when in danger at sea people may feel confident about what will happen either because they have no experience of bad weather, or because their experience gives them the means of dealing with it.

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.

Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul.

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.

Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know.

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.