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Old 21 January 2016, 05:54 PM
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Icon202 Did Aristotle say "no great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness"?

You can find a lot of quotes-mining Web sites attributing this quotation to Aristotle: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22no+grea...sted%22&t=ffsb

But I haven't yet been able to find one that actually says where or when Aristotle supposedly said it.

I'm no Aristotle expert, but to me it doesn't sound like something he would have said. From the way he wrote, he always seemed to me like a pretty serious kind of guy. I guess this quote could fit in with his idea of the "golden mean", but the quotation doesn't appear in either of his works on ethics, where he articulated it.

He wrote the Eudemian Ethics and Nicomachean Ethics, and neither of them speaks positively about madness.
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Old 21 January 2016, 06:46 PM
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Seneca attributed it to him in On the Tranquility of Mind. so either Seneca made it up, or it's from a lost work.
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Old 21 January 2016, 06:59 PM
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Well, according to Google Translate, it's more likely that he said "κανένα μεγάλο μυαλό έχει υπάρξει ποτέ χωρίς μια δόση τρέλας" -- but who knows if that's correct either (see translated Christmas Carol thread).

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Old 21 January 2016, 07:43 PM
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I thought it was "Οι άνθρωποι έχουν ανάγκη να πιστεύουν σε κάτι . Πιστεύω ότι θα έχω μια άλλη μπύρα."
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Old 22 January 2016, 10:54 AM
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Well, according to Google Translate, it's more likely that he said "κανένα μεγάλο μυαλό έχει υπάρξει ποτέ χωρίς μια δόση τρέλας" -- but who knows if that's correct either (see translated Christmas Carol thread).
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I thought it was "Οι άνθρωποι έχουν ανάγκη να πιστεύουν σε κάτι . Πιστεύω ότι θα έχω μια άλλη μπύρα."
You both beat me to the punch.
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Old 22 January 2016, 01:06 PM
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Είναι όλα ελληνικά για μένα.
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Old 29 January 2016, 11:54 PM
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I'm no Aristotle expert, but to me it doesn't sound like something he would have said. From the way he wrote, he always seemed to me like a pretty serious kind of guy.
He supposedly wrote a lost work on comedy - that's part of the plot of The Name of the Rose.

The quote wouldn't seem out of place for that, but then since it's a lost work it would be hard to verify... Seneca would perhaps still have had access to it, if it existed, though.
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He supposedly wrote a lost work on comedy - that's part of the plot of The Name of the Rose.

The quote wouldn't seem out of place for that, but then since it's a lost work it would be hard to verify... Seneca would perhaps still have had access to it, if it existed, though.
But I thought that Seneca came up with that quote himself?
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Weird, I was trying to remember when I'd replied to this thread, but it's from this time last year... It didn't help that there's a link, also from last year, to a thread that was recently resurrected and I'd thought was more recent!

Anyway, according to Steve (who himself may be making it up, since I haven't verified his statement), Seneca attributed the statement to Aristotle, but no known work by Aristotle contains it. I pointed out that there is rumoured to be a lost work by Aristotle about comedy, and that perhaps it wasn't lost in Seneca's day, and that's where the quote came from.

Since I'm not an expert, for all I know, this missing quote from Seneca might be part of the evidence for there being a lost work by Aristotle in the first place...
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