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

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Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

Man is a political creature and one whose nature is to live with others.

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources, do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god.

Life is doing things, not making things.

Lack of experience diminishes our power of taking a comprehensive view of the admitted facts. Hence those who dwell in intimate association with nature and its phenomena grow more and more able to formulate, as the foundation of their theories, principles such as to admit of a wide and coherent development: while those whom devotion to abstract discussions has rendered unobservant of the facts are too ready to dogmatize on the basis of a few observations.

Law is a form of order, and good law must necessarily mean good order.

It would be wrong to put friendship before truth.

It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.

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

It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it.

It is more difficult to organize peace than to win a war; but the fruits of victory will be lost if the peace is not well organized.

It is by education I learn to do by choice, what others men do by the constraint of fear.

It is by education I learn to do by choice, what other men do by the constraint of fear.

It has been well said that ‘he who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander’. The two are not the same, but the good citizen ought to be capable of both; he should know how to govern like a freeman, and how to obey like a freeman - these are the virtues of a citizen.

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

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior.

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds

In most respects the future will be like what the past has been.

If the virtues are concerned with actions and passions, and every passion and every action is accompanied by pleasure and pain, for this reason also virtue will be concerned with pleasures and pains. This is indicated also by the fact that punishment is inflicted by these means; for it is a kind of cure, and it is the nature of cures to be effected by contraries.

If you really want to know a man, give him power. The evil man will become proud, but the good man will become more humble than he was before.

Human affairs form a circle, and... there is a circle in all other things that have a natural movement and coming into being and passing away. This is because all other things are discriminated by time, and end and begin as though conforming to a cycle... the whole is just a plurality of measures.

If men think that a ruler is religious and has a reverence for the God, they are less afraid of suffering injustice at his hands.

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