Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics.
Here is a list of the best quotes by Aristotle. Feel free to add your favorite quotes in comments.
- Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Hope is a waking dream
- Should we not say that he is happy whose acts are virtuous and has adequate external goods for his lifetime?
- In speaking about a man's character we do not say that he is wise or has understanding, but that he is good tempered; we praise the wise man for his state of mind.
- For men are good in but one way, but bad in many. Anon.
- The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
- You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
- All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
- The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
- Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
- The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.