Philosophy, June 14th

“All the phenomena of the universe, whether produced by the hand of man or indeed by the universal law of physics, are not to be conceived of as acts of creation but solely as a reordering of matter. Composition and separation are the only elements found by the human mind whenever it analyses the notion of reproduction; and so it is with the reproduction of value and wealth, whether earth, air and water are turned into corn in the fields, or the secretions of an insect are turned into silk by the hand of man, or some small pieces of metal are arranged together to form a repeating watch.” – Pietro Verri

“Another important factor in the accumulation of capital is the degree of productivity of social labor.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“It is the way that we behave in our dealings with other people that makes us just or unjust, and the way that we behave in the face of danger, accustoming ourselves to be timid or confident, that makes us brave or cowardly. Similarly, with situations involving desires and angry feelings: some people become temperate and patient from one kind of conduct in such situations, others licentious and choleric from another. In a word, then, like activities produce like dispositions. Hence, we must give our activities a certain quality, because it is their characteristics that determine the resulting dispositions. So, it is a matter of no little importance what sort of habits we form from the earliest age – it makes a vase difference, or rather all the difference in the world.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“No person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law.” – The Constitution of India

“Thou art in the right: and if I do not complain of the pain, it is because knights-errant are not permitted to complain of any wound they receive, even though’ their bowels should come out of their bodies.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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