Aristotle

Aristotle
384 B.C.
322 B.C.

Greek Philosopher, Student of Plato, Teacher of Alexander the Great, Scientist, Explored Physics, Metaphysics, Poetry, Theater, Music, Logic, Rhetoric, Linguistics, Politics, Government, Ethics, Biology and Zoology

Author Quotes

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

It is not the possessions but the desires of mankind which require to be equalized.

It is deliberate purpose that constitutes wickedness and criminal guilt.

Happiness itself is sufficient excuse. Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods. Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a person's own breast. Trust thyself.

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.

Happiness is found in the golden middle of two extremes.

God is a living being, eternal, and infinitely good, since life and eternity without interruption or pause is God’s. Actually, this is God.

Every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite.

Certain pains are bad in an absolute manner, others are bad only in so far as they deprive us of some good.

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

Anybody can become angry – that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way –

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

All men by nature desire to know.

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.

All human beings by nature have an urge to know.

Young men have strong passions, and tend to gratify them indiscriminately... They have as yet met with few disappointments. Their lives are mainly spent not in memory but in expectation; for expectation refers to the future, memory to the past, and youth has a long future before it and a short past behind it: on the first day of one’s life one has nothing at all to remember, and can only look forward... They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning; and whereas reasoning leads us to choose what is useful, moral goodness leads us to choose what is noble. They are fonder of their friends, intimates, and companions than older men are, because they like spending their days in the company of others, and have not yet come to value either their friends or anything else by their usefulness to themselves. All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They disobey Chilon’s precept by overdoing everything; they love too much and hate too much, and the same thing with everything else. They think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it.

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.

With a true view all data harmonize, but with a false one the facts soon clash.

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.

Wit is cultured insolence.

When we deliberate it is about means and not ends.

Where there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end.

Well done is half begun.

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First Name
Aristotle
Birth Date
384 B.C.
Death Date
322 B.C.
Bio

Greek Philosopher, Student of Plato, Teacher of Alexander the Great, Scientist, Explored Physics, Metaphysics, Poetry, Theater, Music, Logic, Rhetoric, Linguistics, Politics, Government, Ethics, Biology and Zoology