Lies and Poetry

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

~ Aristotle

Metaphors

But the greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.

~ Aristotle

What Does It Take to Be a Poet?

Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.

~ Aristotle

Poetry vs. History

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

~ Aristotle

On Being Alone

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

~ Aristotle

On Youth

The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things—and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by […]

Which Comes First – Character or Conduct?

Our characters are the result of our conduct.

~ Aristotle

Anger Management

Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

~ Aristotle

On Doing Wrong

In cases of this sort, let us say adultery, rightness and wrongness do not depend on committing it with the right woman at the right time and in the right manner, but the mere fact of committing such action at all is to do wrong.

~ Aristotle

Just Do It

For the things we have to learn before we can do, we learn by doing.

~ Aristotle