Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. All art is concerned with coming into being ... for art is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being, by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature.
Aristotle (384–323 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics 6.4; 1140a10-15, trans. by Ross-Urmson, The Complete Works of Aristotle, ed. Jonathan Barnes, Princeton, Princeton University Press (1985).