Quotes by the Greek philosopher Aristotle on understanding life

For he understood life simple and the accurate way

A Greek philosopher and polymath from the Classical period in Ancient Greece, Aristotle was taught by Plato. But Aristotle himself was a well-learned man with writings covering subjects like physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics, meteorology, geology, and government. It was the product of his knowledge that Aristotle provided a complex synthesis of the various philosophies existing prior to him. As a result, he is known more for his philosophical expertise. Here are some quotes by him that stand true even today.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

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

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

The law is reason, free from passion.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Man is by nature a political animal.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.

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.

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

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

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.

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

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.

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.

It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.

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