Thursday, January 20, 2011

Quite The Model Was Aristotle. . .

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who lived from 384 to 322 BCE, was a pretty smart dude. His books are available at your local library, and it's amazing how many of his observations on life and the human experience are just as applicable to us today. For instance, one of my favorite quotes of his is this: 

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

Like I said. Smart guy. And check out his abs in this life-size sculpture of him. His pecs aren't too bad, either. With all the reading and writing he did, how did he ever have time to exercise? Today, people worship guys like Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper, but those guys got nothing on Ari.

Other quotes of Aristotle: "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." "To perceive is to suffer.And he also said, "It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims." 'Nuff said.

Here is a picture of a courtly Dutch dude rubbing a bust of Aristotle's head for good luck. Hoping for some of Aristotle's mojo to rub off, perhaps? 

And let's not forget the other Ari -- Aristotle Onassis, the Greek shipping magnate and playboy. Not a bad job if you can get it. And he got plenty.

More Aristotle quotes:

"All men by nature desire knowledge."

"Dignity does not consist of possessing honors, but in deserving them."

"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference."

"He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled."

"Hope is the dream of a waking man."

And perhaps my favorite.....

"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind."

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