Just as it sometimes happens that deformed offspring are produced by deformed parents, and sometimes not, so the offspring produced by a female are sometimes female, sometimes not, but male, because the female is as it were a deformed male.
Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have.
Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend.
We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Hope is a waking dream.
For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
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.
Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action ... with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.