20 Aristotle Quotes That Summarises The Ancient Greek Philosophy

Often referred to as ‘Father of Western Philosophy’, Aristotle’s ideas had a long lasting influence on the society of the west as well as global philosophy. He is also known to have tutored Alexander – The Great, an unparalleled warrior and conqueror in history of the world. Aristotle himself was a pupil of another renowned philosopher – Plato. His writings and work encompasses several subjects including politics, government, physics, biology, zoology, poetry, theatre, music, psychology and economic. His works and Aristotle quotes is like a complex synthesis of his predecessors and various other philosophies.

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We bring you some of the best and most hard hitting Aristotle quotes

1. You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle

2. He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. – Aristotle

3. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle

4. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. – Aristotle

5. Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. – Aristotle

6. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. – Aristotle

7. Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Aristotle

8. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

9. Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. – Aristotle

10. Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. – Aristotle

11. Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. – Aristotle

12. He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. – Aristotle

13. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle

14. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle

15. Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. – Aristotle

16. No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. – Aristotle

17. 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. – Aristotle

18. Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of time and is forgotten through the lapse of time. – Aristotle

19. Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. – Aristotle

20. It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. – Aristotle

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