Aristotle (/ˈærɪˌstɒtəl/; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης [aristotélɛːs], Aristotélēs; 384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BC). His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great starting from 343 BC. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Aristotle was the first gen... More
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Aristotle #Anger #Power #Time
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.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle #Art #Life
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
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. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle #Friendship #Work
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Aristotle #Best #Friendship
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Aristotle #Best #Life
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Aristotle #Best #Men
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals separated from law and justice he is the worst.
Aristotle #Business #Men
It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
Aristotle #Courage #Fear
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
Aristotle #Fear #Men
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
Aristotle #Best #Life
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
He who hath many friends hath none.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
A friend to all is a friend to none.