To be hot is the nature of fire and snow’s nature is white.
Man is by nature a political animal.
He who would live without the polis must be either a beast or a god.
The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.
It is also clear that the poet’s job is not to report what has happened, but what is likely to happen: that is, what is capable of happening according to the laws of probability and necessity… the historian talks of what has happened, the poet of the kind of thing that can happen. For this […]
Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of nature of universals, whereas those of history are of singulars.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity in dissimilars.
Generally, about all perception, we can say that a sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet ring without the iron or gold.