Aristotle: Quotes on Ethics, Life, Law and Education

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian.[3] At eighteen, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BC). 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. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great starting from 343 BC. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “Aristotle was the first genuine scientist in history … [and] every scientist is in his debt.” 

“A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.”

“A friend is a second self.”

“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.”

“All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.”

“All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.”

“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”

“Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.”

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

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

“Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.”

“If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.”

“It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.”

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

“It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.”

“Law is mind without reason.”

“Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.”

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.”

“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.”

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

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