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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The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.

All men by nature desire to know.

Not to get what you have your heart set on is almost as bad as getting nothing at all.

Anyone can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

We make war that we may live in peace.

Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all other things in the world

Most people would rather give than get affection.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life the whole aim and end of human existence.

Life is full of chances and changes and the most prosperous of men may...meet with great misfortunes.

The goal of war is peace, of business leisure.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

The avarice of mankind is insatiable.

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires and animates is something celestial, divine and consequently imperishable.

The beginning, as the proverb says, is half the whole.

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain.

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