“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
Aristotle was born in Stagira around 384 BC in ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia.His father was Nichomacus, who was a court physician in Macedonia under the king. His parents died when Aristotle was young,so he was cared for by his sister and her husband.
At the age of 17, he was sent to Athens for higher studies where he enrolled himself in Plato’s academy, soon he became very famous there and started working with Plato as an instructor. Although he was very close to Plato still they had some fundamental differences in their ideologies as Plato believed that knowledge can only be achieved through reasoning whereas Aristotle believed that true knowledge lies in practical work on real objects. So after the death of Plato, he went back to Macedonia.
At Macedonia he started off as the tutor of Alexander also known as ‘Alexander The Great’ who soon after, went out and conquered the then known world, and after this Alexander became famous as ‘king Of Asia’, king of four quarters of the world ‘.
After teaching Alexander he went back to Athens and established his school ‘Lyceum’. Aristotle had the unusual habit of teaching while walking and his students used to follow him and were generally named “The Perpiatectics”. During his time in his school, he researched various fields like biology, ethics, politics, metaphysics, rhetoric, and countless other subjects. Although most of Aristotle’s works were related to science, still he is best known for his philosophical ideologies. He roughly wrote 200 documents in his life out of which only a few were preserved.
He faced criticism and challenges during his lifetime because of his theories and concepts but later on, all of them were rediscovered and accepted.
Some of his important work includes Nichomachean Ethics, Politics, Metaphysics, On the Soul, Poetics, and Prior Analytics.
No wonder why this genius man is known with nicknames like ‘the master‘ or ‘the philosopher‘.
Here are 32 life-changing Aristotle quotes you must read
1.Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
2.It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
3.It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
4.Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
5.Well begun is half done.
6.Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
7.Happiness depends upon ourselves.
8.No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
9.Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
10.To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.
11.There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
12.Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
13.All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
14.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 – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
15.Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
16.Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
17.Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
18.Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.
19.We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
20.Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution;
it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
21.Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
22.He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
23.Hope is a waking dream.
24.Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
25.We cannot learn without pain .
26.Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
27.The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them,but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
28.Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
29.To love someone is to identify with them.
30.The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
31.Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
32.Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.