For we do not think that we know a thing until we are acquainted with its primary conditions or first principles, and have carried our analysis as far as its simplest elements. Plainly therefore in the science of Nature, (15) as in other branches of study, our first task will be to try to determine what relates to its principles.



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Nationality: Greek

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Comedy, as we said, is an imitation of people of a lower sort, though not in respect to every vice; rather, what is ridiculous is part of what is ugly.

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

Men do not become tyrants in order that they may not suffer cold.

The guest will judge better of a feast than the cook.

Change in all things is sweet.

As in other departments of science, so in politics, the compound should always be resolved into the simple elements or least parts of the whole.

Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

We laugh at inferior or ugly individuals, because we feel a joy at feeling superior to them.

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

It was at this point that the transition was first made to the conception that rhetoric was a teachable skill, that it could, usually in return for a fee, be passed from one skilled performer on to others, who might thereby achieve successes in their practical life that would otherwise have eluded them.

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