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There are numerous quotes from Aristotle's On the Soul which are worth considering. The text, as a whole, discusses what the soul is, what previous thoughts on the soul were, and the existence of the soul itself.

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  1. "Knowledge of any kind is a thing to be honoured and prized." This quote is important because it sets a very specific precedence for who Aristotle wants readers to think about knowledge. By stating this, Aristotle ensures that readers understand the utter importance of knowledge and how important this knowledge is.
  2. "To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world." This quote's importance lies in Aristotle's acknowledgment that some things are definitively hard to define and explain. On one side, this may speak to the idea of forbidden knowledge. In some circumstances, some knowledge regarding the unknown is best left alone. On the other hand, Aristotle could be addressing his own acknowledged limitations (and subsequent failures) in defining and uncovering the mysteries of the soul.
  3. "For our study of soul it is necessary, while formulating the problems of which in our further advance we are to find the solutions, to call into council the views of those of our predecessors who have declared any opinion on this subject, in order that we may profit by whatever is sound in their suggestions and avoid their errors." This quote addresses the importance of looking to the past for advice and knowledge. The idea of looking to the wisdom of those who came before us is not unknown. Yet, the fact that Aristotle brings this up illustrates that he accepts that those of the past still possess knowledge important in the present.
  4. "If the soul is moved, the most...

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