Aristotle on Hope, Excellence, Education, and Friendship


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Painting of Aristotle by Raphael

QUICK FACTS (Source: Biography.com)

  • NAME: Aristotle
  • OCCUPATION: Philosopher
  • BIRTH DATE: c. 384 BCE
  • DEATH DATE: c. 322 BCE
  • EDUCATION: Plato’s Academy, Lyceum
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Stagira, Chalcidice, Greece
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Chalcis, Euboea, Greece
  • FULL NAME: Aristotle

Check out this link on biography.com for more history on Aristotle.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

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“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

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

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” – Aristotle

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Did You Know? (source: http://www.history.com/topics/aristotle)

Aristotle’s surviving works were likely meant as lecture notes rather than literature, and his now-lost writings were apparently of much better quality. The Roman philosopher Cicero said that “If Plato’s prose was silver, Aristotle’s was a flowing river of gold.”

Can you imagine Aristotle on social media?

Do you think he would favor Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or other?

This is an interesting blog post on Aristotle from Dooley & Associates. 

Video from Cloud Biography on Aristotle:

Video Lecture (Part I of lecture about Plato and Aristotle):

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“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.” ― Aristotle

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

More information on Aristotle:

http://www.rowan.edu/open/philosop/clowney/Aesthetics/philos_artists_onart/aristotle.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/aristotle

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