Aristotle: 20 quotes that will change your life

An ancient Greek philosopher who is equally relevant now, Aristotle’s words have changed millions of people’ lives all over the world.

Aristotle is regarded as one of the most influential figures that ever lived in the world. A disciple of the renowned philosopher Plato, he was known for his intellectual mind and critical thinking. He shaped the philosophy of western people for centuries and his writings covered both science and arts subjects including physics, biology, chemistry, metaphysics, psychology, political theory, ethics, rhetoric, logic, poetics etc.

Here are some quotes by him.

  1. “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
  4. “Dignity does not consist in possessing honours, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”
  5. “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”
  6. “A friend to all is a friend to none.”
  7. “It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.”
  8. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
  9. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
  10. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
  11. “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”
  12. “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
  13. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
  14. “Be a free thinker and don’t accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.”
  15. “A fool contributes nothing worth hearing and takes offense at everything.”
  16. “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.”
  17. “Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit.”
  18. “Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.”
  19. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.”
  20. “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

Aristotle’s theories continue to be an important lesson all over the world even after centuries and will continue to be so.

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