Would you please explain it to me?
"Wherever there is an end,it's for this that the previous things are done,one
after the other." Aristotle
Thanks in advance
Here are some hints:
"End" in this statement means "goal" or "purpose." (cf. "ends" and "means" or "goals" and "methods.")
"This" refers back to whatever "end" there might exist.
"Precious" can mean whatever the reader wants it to mean. But the writer is porbably referring to large acts by persons or groups (wars, campaigns, building bridges, etc.)
Hope that helps.
DUhhhhh.... moment. OK, the word is "previous" not "precious." That's a hang-over from teaching Japanese students who constantly overuse the word, both women and men. I've gotten to the point that whenever I see "pre..." words I just assume they are going to be "precious." Sorry.
"Previous" obviously means the stuff that came before the end.
Last edited by RonC; 01-Jul-2005 at 03:11.