He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must either be a beast or a god.

εἰ γὰρ μὴ αὐτάρκης ἕκαστος χωρισθείς, ὁμοίως τοῖς ἄλλοις μέρεσιν ἕξει πρὸς τὸ ὅλον, ὁ δὲ μὴ δυνάμενος κοινωνεῖν ἢ μηδὲν δεόμενος δι᾽ αὐτάρκειαν οὐθὲν μέρος πόλεως, ὥστε ἢ θηρίον ἢ θεός.

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Original Citation

Aristotle. Politics. 350 BC, bk. 1, 1253a, l. 27-29.

Current Citation

Aristotle. Politics. Translated by Ernest Barker. Edited by R. F. Stalley. Oxford UP, 2009, bk.1, 1253a, l. 27-29.