AristotleAristotle, (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher

Aristotle Quote

“Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil -- and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty.”

~ Aristotle

Nicomachean Ethics, 340 B.C.

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

It's called revenge... the source of endless conflict.

Mike, Norwalk

very sad but true

warren, olathe


Ken, Allyn, WA

I regard justice as my right and I will have it.

  • Reply
    Anonymous    4/7/09

    Sad, but unfortunately true. I, however, agree with Gandhi... an eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.

    • Reply
      Anonymous    4/15/09

      Every culture defines its own justice. There is no 'right' answer to the question of how to respond to evil. Just as there is no answer as to why men to evil to one another. Still yet, an eye for an eye does not always imply evil to be done to evil.

      Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

      Aristotle is not correct here, he is referring to the mentality of boys. Men realize that for most part they are dealing with immature mentally disordered boys, and girls for that matter, and try to correct the incorrect ill behavior. 


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