Living life with so many various problems in modern society people is not a simple thing to do. We are all dealing with situations for which we don’t have the right solution. Many times, life kicks us in the teeth and we feel unable to cope with difficulties. Hence, we all naturally feel the need to improve ourselves and become wiser persons. One reliable source to acquire a deeper insight into the meaning of life and the purpose of all existence is ancient wisdom. In today’s article we take a closer look to what one of the most respected philosophers of Ancient Greece had to say about life. His name was Aristotle and he is best known as the teacher of one of the greatest historical figures – Alexander the Great.
As a student of Aristotle, Alexander learned a lot from his mentor and shaped his own views of the world. Aristotle deeply influenced Alexander to become the remarkable king he was.
Aristotle’s writings covered many areas – such as metaphysics, logic, physics, biology, zoology, ethics, poetry, aesthetics, music, theater, linguistics, rhetoric, government and politics– and represent the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy.
Shortly after the death of Plato, Aristotle moved out of Athens and, at the request of Macedonian king Philip, worked as a tutor to Alexander the Great starting from the year of 343 BC.
Being a teacher to Alexander the Great provided Aristotle with abundant supplies and numerous opportunities. He found a library in the Lyceum which helped him to produce many of his hundreds of books. The very fact that Aristotle was Plato’s student contributed to his former views of Platonism, but, after the death of Plato, Aristotle engaged himself in empirical studies and preferred empiricism instead of Platonism. His belief was that every person’s concept and all of the human knowledge was ultimately based on their perception. The very foundation of many of Aristotle’s works consisted of his views on natural sciences.
The way that Aristotle saw physical science deeply influenced scholarship in the Middle Age. His thoughts were also present during the Renaissance period and were not replaced systematically until the Age of Enlightenment by theories like classical mechanics. His works represent the earliest known formal study of logic, which was later incorporated into modern formal logic at the end of 19th century.
In the field of metaphysics, Aristotle’s teaching had a profound impact on Judeo-Islamic philosophy and theology during the Middle Ages and continued to shape Christian theological thought, particularly the scholastic tradition of Catholicism.
Every person in this world tends to become a better, wiser and more mature person. It is in our very nature as human beings to constantly strive to evolve. So did Aristotle. His thoughts on human growth and the search for truth and wisdom are truly amazing.
The following quotes are, in our opinion, some of the most important things Aristotle ever said. Which one do you find most inspiring and life-changing? Give us a feedback in the comments below. Also be sure to share this article with all of your friends who love philosophy and deep wisdom.
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
“The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.”
In addition, he spoke greatly about what it means to be a happy person, and how to achieve that. Here is how Aristotle perceived the role of happiness in human lives:
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.”
If you ever feel the need to boost your motivation, we strongly recommend the following quotes of Aristotle. The philosopher really had a way how to reach one’s deepest core and imbue it with courage, confidence and inner strength to endure during hard times.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.”
Being a wise person is not an easy goal to be achieved. Living each day with genuine wisdom is something that even the greatest sages of the past admitted to be a constant process.
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
“All men by nature desire knowledge.”
“Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something”
Not only was Aristotle focused on the individual development and evolution, but he also thought about social life as well. He was greatly concerned with what it takes for people to live happy, content and peaceful life together.
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.”
What do you think of these quotes of Aristotle? Do you find great wisdom in them? Be sure to give us your thoughts how they inspired you to be a better and wiser person yourself.