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NUMBER: 1390
AUTHOR: Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)
QUOTATION: Man is by nature a political animal.
ATTRIBUTION: ARISTOTLE, Politics, book 1, chapter 2.—Aristotle’s Politics and Poetics, trans. Benjamin Jowett and Thomas Twining, p. 5 (1957). Jowett translated Politics. This statement appears again in book 3, chapter 6, p. 68.
SUBJECTS: Politicians