Aristotle, my first philosophy teacher, was a well-versed philosopher. His writing style is tough and drought as sand, as some people descibe it. However, his dry, complex academic writing style are actually what attracted me to him and to philosophy. The first philosophy book I ever held in my life was an Aristotle’s book … And when I tell this story to my companions of philosophy, they get surprised that Artistotle’s writings are what got me into philosophy because, as I explained above, he is tough and solid. Aviccena (Pronounced in Arabic as Ibn Sina), a great Easter Philosopher, when he read Aristotle’s book Metaphyics, he couldn’t understand it. Ibn Sina did read that book 40 times before he could contain Aristotle’s thoughts.
Aristotle is called by philosophers and thinkers along the history till now as The Master of Those Who Know. To my teacher from whom I learned and still learning, I share with you a few of his remarkable quotes:
“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.”
“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.”
“Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.”
“Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind”
“Love is the cause of unity in all things.”