Monday, March 3, 2014

One swallow does not make a summer... an Aristotle's quote

Today I learnt that the famous saying "one swallow does not make a summer" is a quotation of Aristotle (384-322 BCE) and is contained in his work The Nicomachean Ethics.
In addition, it is part of a much longer and nicer sentence: 

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

(Roman copy in marble of a Greek bronze bust of Aristotle by Lysippus, c. 330 BCE.
The alabaster mantle is modern. From wikipedia)

2 comments:

Christina C said...

I really like that quote and never knew the longer version, neither who it was from. Thanks for clearing that up!

eddie said...

You're welcome and it was recent discovery for me too!
Keep following the blog!