Aristotle

Aristotle

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. 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. He was Plato's student and Alexander the Great's tutor.

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This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.

It is not the possessions, but the desires of mankind which require to be equalized.

We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea.

The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history, for poetry expresses the universal and history only the particular.

When their adventures do not succeed, however, they run away, but it was the mark of a brave man to face things that are and seem terrible for a man, because it is noble to do so and disgraceful not to do so.

Change in all things is sweet.

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms.

Time crumbles things, everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.

The state exists for the sake of a good life and not for the sake of life only

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

All that one gains by falsehood is not to be believed when he speaks the truth.

It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects, because men are equally free they claim to be absolutely equal.

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

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

The bad man is continually at war with and in opposition to himself.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

All proofs rest on premises.

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