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The possession rather than the receptivity is the divine element which thought seems to contain, and the act of contemplation is what is most pleasant and best. If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God’s self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal. We say therefore that God is a living being, eternal, most good, so that life and duration continuous and eternal belong to God; for this is God.   – From Aristotle’s, God

4 Comments

  1. gina

    Does anyone know which text the following quote by Aristotle can be found in?

    “The man who is incapable of working in common, or who in his self sufficiency has no need for others, is no part of the community, like a beast or god.”

  2. See Aristotle’s, Politics 1253a : “εἰ γὰρ μὴ αὐτάρκης ἕκαστος χωρισθείς͵ ὁμοίως τοῖς ἄλλοις μέρεσιν ἕξει πρὸς τὸ ὅλον͵ ὁ δὲ μὴ δυνάμενος κοινωνεῖν ἢ μηδὲν δεόμενος δι΄ αὐτάρκειαν οὐθὲν μέρος πόλεως͵ ὥστε ἢ θηρίον ἢ θεός.”

  3. Anthony

    Does anyone know which text the following quote by Aristotle can be found in?

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

  4. Your sentence seems to be a later apophthegm based on Aristotle. Cf. Aristotle’s Politics 1281b-1282a.