To see details on the word
please enable javascript.


Many argue that Aristotle did more to shape Western thought than any other philosopher. Others dismiss his observations as mundane or lacking in empirical verification.
  one of the greatest of the ancient Athenian philosophers who did much to influence Western thinking; pupil of Plato; teacher of Alexander the Great (384-322 BC)
 Mark word for later review on this computer
A memory trick to remember the relationships between Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and Alexander the Great is to put them in reverse alphabetical order: Socrates taught Plato who taught Aristotle, who taught Alexander the Great.
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
Wikipedia Article
Sparknotes on Aristotle
  • Many argue that Aristotle did more to shape Western thought than any other philosopher. Others dismiss his observations as mundane or lacking in empirical verification.
  • Some of the greatest figures in Earth’s history were actually the product of humans and the Loric, including Buddha, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Another: Aristotle.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • Maybe Aristotle Onassis or George Soros.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

  • Show more
  • There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • [1] Aristotle, Ethics, vii.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • While I was writing a thesis on the influence-upon subsequent metaphysical systems-of Aristotle’s theory of the Immovable Mover.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But he thought of Aristotle: pity and terror.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • It was impossible to go to a movie with him without getting involved afterwards in a discussion on empathy, Aristotle, universals, messages and the obligations of the cinema as an art form in a materialistic society.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Swift, Pope, Defoe, Stevenson, Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Virgil, Plutarch.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

  • Show more again
  • "How happy those children seem together!" observed Mr. March, finding it difficult to become absorbed in his Aristotle after the young couple had gone.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You must see this slave, this black Aristotle, moving slowly, with sweet patience, with a patience not of mere man, but of God-inspired faith-see him moving slowly as he surmounts each and every opposition.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Where are you in Aristotle?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He had been M. le Comte d’Artois’ companion in pleasures and unlike Aristotle crouching under Campaspe, he had made the Guimard crawl on all fours, and in that way he had exhibited to the ages a philosopher avenged by a bailiff.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • What little we know is found in the writings of Aristotle, who lived two centuries later.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Only, good master, while we do admire This virtue and this moral discipline, Let’s be no stoics nor no stocks, I pray; Or so devote to Aristotle’s checks As Ovid be an outcast quite abjur’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • Top-heavy was the ship as a dinnerless student with all Aristotle in his head.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Aristotle, you know, also attributes tragedy to imitation.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Finally, at the age of twenty-five, he abandoned his wife and child and after many hardships came to Berlin where he joined a group of philosophers, read Aristotle, Maimonides, Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, and Kant, and began to write philosophical books, it is astonishing how he was able to gobble up complicated philosophical treatises with such ease.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Aristotle was once Plato’s schoolboy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The only consolation I can suggest to you is, that the Greek boys probably thought the same of Aristotle.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Over conceits of this sort the poor gentleman lost his wits, and used to lie awake striving to understand them and worm the meaning out of them; what Aristotle himself could not have made out or extracted had he come to life again for that special purpose.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • —For my purpose I can work on at present by the light of one or two ideas of Aristotle and Aquinas.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Aristotle stooped much, and made use of a staff.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • For words are wise mens counters, they do but reckon by them: but they are the mony of fooles, that value them by the authority of an Aristotle, a Cicero, or a Thomas, or any other Doctor whatsoever, if but a man.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The description of a domestic government founded upon rules directly contrary to those of Aristotle.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • From out the caves of evening that swing between the strong-limbed earth and the tracery of the stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • And then strange things began to happen, for though she said little and was the chubby, round-fingered child still, I’d find her tucked in the arm of my chair reading the work of Aristotle or Boethius or a new novel just come over the Atlantic.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Through the mountainous questions of reality and knowledge had passed great figures of civilization, some of whom, like Socrates and Aristotle and Newton and Einstein, were known to almost everyone, but most of whom were far more obscure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Aristotle, Athenaeus, Pliny, and Oppian studied its habits and lavished on its behalf all the scientific poetry of Greece and Italy.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The city college Simon and I attended wasn’t a seminary in charge of priests who taught Aristotle and casuistry and prepared you for European games and vices and all the things, true or not true, actual or not actual, nevertheless insisted on as true and actual.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The sculptor had also recorded certain anecdotes of Aristotle and Virgil, precisely as Francoise in her kitchen would break into speech about Saint Louis as though she herself had known him, generally in order to depreciate, by contrast with him, my grandparents, whom she considered less ’righteous.’
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I have insisted to him on what Aristotle has stated with admirable brevity, that for the achievement of any work regarded as an end there must be a prior exercise of many energies or acquired facilities of a secondary order, demanding patience.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …carry a great many books with me, instead of merchandise, when I sailed my fourth voyage; for I was so far from thinking of soon coming back, that I rather thought never to have returned at all, and I gave them all my books, among which were many of Plato’s and some of Aristotle’s works: I had also Theophrastus on Plants, which, to my great regret, was imperfect; for having laid it carelessly by, while we were at sea, a monkey had seized upon it, and in many places torn out the leaves.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • Aristotle and Plato[701] are reckoned the respective heads of two schools.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Clearly, Chuck Parson was no Aristotle when it came to logic.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • But why should we worry ourselves that Proust and Hume and Aristotle and Archimedes are all fading into oblivion?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • If, to continue with Aristotle, all art and literature are imitation, then what we have here is the imitation of imitating.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Aristotle shifted the reality of universal ideas to the individual.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • RICH The opinion of Aristotle is that mists are an exhalation of the earth whereas clouds NORFOLK He stooped five hundred feet!
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Max heard several coughs echo in the cavernous space and grinned to see David sitting small and hunched at a table next to a statue of Aristotle.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • What would Aristotle and Plato have said, if anyone had talked to them, of a federative republic of thirteen states, inhabiting a country of five hundred leagues in extent?
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Jesus did not address slavery at all in the Gospels; Saint Paul and Aristotle accepted it; and Jewish and Islamic theologians believed in mercy toward slaves but did not question slavery itself.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I was standing at the bookshelves with the ball in my hand and she thought it was like Hamlet gazing on Yorick’s skull or maybe Aristotle, even better she said, contemplating the bust of Homer.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Of course, neither I nor anyone else can do it, but I can try, and to do so I have to know the theories of beauty from Aristotle’s forward, and before I die I’m supposed to come up with one of my own.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It’s bad enough that Jackie Kennedy is cavorting around the Mediterranean with Aristotle Onassis, a man whom the president does not trust.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • The schoolboy who uses his Homer to throw at his fellow’s head makes perhaps the safest and most rational use of him; and I observe with reassurance that you occasionally do the same, in your prime, with your Aristotle.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Music was placed in this category, and Aristotle speculated in his Politics as to the profit to be derived from it, finally conceding that music might conduce to virtue by making the body fit, promoting a certain ethos, and enabling us to enjoy things in me proper way, whatever that means.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • Aristotle, I have been told, hath said, that Poetry is the most philosophic of all writing: it is so: its object is truth, not individual and local, but general, and operative; not standing upon external testimony, but carried alive into the heart by passion; truth which is its own testimony, which gives strength and divinity to the tribunal to which it appeals, and receives them from the same tribunal.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   Aristotle [3] , Plato [3] , Socrates [3] , Plato [3] , Socrates [3]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Philosophy, Logic & Reasoning, Religion - Christianity
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading