Aristotle On the Recent Unpleasantness

Sounds rather contemporary, no?

When people are feeling friendly and placable, they think one sort of thing; when they are feeling angry or hostile, they think either something totally different or the same thing with a different intensity: when they feel friendly to the man who comes before them for judgement, they regard him as having done little wrong, if any; when they feel hostile, they take the opposite view. Again, if they are eager for, and have good hopes of, a thing that will be pleasant if it happens, they think that it certainly will happen and be good for them: whereas if they are indifferent or annoyed, they do not think so.” ~ Aristotle, Rhetoric, Book II.1

Elderly Exiled French Aristocrats at Tellson’s, Fred Barnard, 1870 illustration from A Tale of Two Cities

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