20 Aristotle Quotes That Summarises The Ancient Greek Philosophy

Often referred to as the ‘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 the history of the world. Aristotle himself was a pupil of another renowned philosopher – Plato. His writings and work encompass several subjects including politics, government, physics, biology, zoology, poetry, theatre, music, psychology, and economics. These Aristotle quotes are 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

Which of these Aristotle quotes did you find the most hard hitting? Do let us know in the comments below.

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