It is valid to conclude from actuality to possibility, but not from possibility to actuality.
Translation(French, German, Latin)
De l'existence d'une chose on conclut à sa possibilité ; de la possibilité d'une chose, on ne peut conclure à son existence.
Was existiert, muß auch möglich gewesen sein; was möglich ist, muß nicht immer zur Existenz gelangen.
Ab esse ad posse valet, a posse ad esse non valet consequential.
Quotes about thing:
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
Quotes about existence:
The universe confounds me! I cannot imagine that such a ‘clock’ can exist without there being a Clockmaker.
There are moments in life when time and space are more profound, and the awareness of existence immeasurably increased.
Man is nothing else than his plan; he exists only to the extent that he fulfills himself; he is therefore nothing else than the ensemble of his acts, nothing less than his life.
Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.
Article I – Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions can be founded only on the common good.
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