Quote for the day.

Any one can get angry — that is easy — or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.

— Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.

It says a lot about the man’s writing style that, unlike Plato, so few famous lines are attributed to him. The line about the slave being a ‘human tool’ stays with you, but otherwise, I think the above is as good as he gets. He’s Dull. There’s no getting over that. But I guess that’s inevitable when you compile a book from a man’s brief lectures notes which were never intended to constitute a definitive thesis. That does not, of course, detract from his value as a thinker. He’s hugely important. But he did foreshadow the majority of philosophers in writing so formally and boringly.


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