Aristotle was a teacher. He born in ancient Macedonia, a country to the north of Greece. Aristotle highly respected the ancient Greek way of doing things and thinking about things. He spent a lot of time in ancient Greece. He spoke Greek. He believed in the Greek gods. He thought the Greeks were great.
One of Aristotle's students was a very famous man that scholars today call Alexander the Great. Aristotle taught Alexander to admire and respect the Greeks. When Alexander's father died, he became king of Macedonia. Alexander was a warrior, a very capable warrior. He conquered the entire Mediterranean region. Everywhere he went, he spread the Greek way of doing things. Thanks to Alexander, all the many gifts the Greeks gave the world survived.
Like Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher, Aristotle is also remembered for his sayings. He used sayings to help his students become wiser. His sayings lend themselves to discussion, argument, and thought. He is still quoted today. For example, Aristotle said:
- "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit."
- "We think in pictures. If you wish to change what you think, change the picture."