Fatherly Advice

Life Lessons From Aristotle


  • “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
  • “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
  • “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
  • “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
  • “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
  • “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.”
  • “The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.”
  • “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.”
  • “The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.”
  • “We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.”
  • “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
  • “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
  • “To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.”
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
  • “We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.”
  • “We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.”
  • “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
  • “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”
  • “What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”
  • “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.”
  • “Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”

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