A good friend of ours was hanging around this weekend reading Aristotle. When I asked this pointy-headed gentleman for an explanation of his odd, if admirable, choice of mid-summer reading material, he didn’t come up with anything entirely satisfactory.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
That’s from the Nicomachean Ethics I.7. And do you know how many times I had to read that one before I realized our fine philosopher was talking about a bird? Yeah, well, it’s early in the morning and I drank a lot of Bitburgers last night (the schnitzel report will come later on).
Okay, one more Aristotelian insight before I go:
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.