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it is what it is


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  • This thing has its own distinct nature; this thing is itself.
  • This circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists.


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  • In the general doctrine of St. Thomas, the individual — "this thing" (hoc aliquid) — is a primordial substance, individualized by the fact that it is what it is ( "Substantia individuatur per seipsam": Summa, Pars

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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  • 'it is what it is' goes back to 1626 or 1629. Practical Theories by John Gaulle

    "I am to advise thee; not as Reader, I need it not; not as Good, thou shalt not need it; but ( for why may I not?) as Mine.
    Mine art thou, while I am Thine. I am to thee here, what thou art to thy self.
    If thou be the better by me, I am not the worse, I am not the better.
    Better or Worse, it is what it is in it self; and to thee, as thou wilt have it. ... "

    January 10, 2013