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Team Building Quotes From Aristotle

Team Building Quotes From Aristotle

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher. At about seventeen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven. His writings cover a wide range of subjects including poetry, aesthetics, biology, physics, zoology, metaphysics, theatre, music, rhetoric, linguistics and politics. After Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and started tutoring Alexander the Great. He established a library in Lyceum, which helped with the production of his many books. Aristotle shifted from Platonism to empiricism and believed that all concepts and knowledge was ultimately based on perception. His influence has gained renewed interest with the modern advent of virtue ethics and Aristotle’s philosophy continues to be the object of academic study today.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Aristotle, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
– Aristotle

“Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.”
– Aristotle

“Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.”
– Aristotle

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
– Aristotle

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
– Aristotle

“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.”
– Aristotle

“For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.”
– Aristotle

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
– Aristotle

“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”
– Aristotle

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”
– Aristotle

“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”
– Aristotle

“Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile.”
– Aristotle

“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.”
– Aristotle

“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.”
– Aristotle

“All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.”
– Aristotle

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”
– Aristotle

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”
– Aristotle

“Education is the best provision for old age.”
– Aristotle

“He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.”
– Aristotle

“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.”
– Aristotle

“Well begun is half done.”
– Aristotle

Team Building Quotes From Stephen Hawking

Team Building Quotes by Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. Hawkings was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Stephen Hawking is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Stephen Hawking, which you can use to motivate and build your team.

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
– Stephen Hawking

“It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem, but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years.”
– Stephen Hawking

“People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
– Stephen Hawking

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”
– Stephen Hawking

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”
– Stephen Hawking

“I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time.”
– Stephen Hawking

“Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.”
– Stephen Hawking

“I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.”
-Stephen Hawking

“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”
– Stephen Hawking

“We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run-of-the-mill human being, but we share the same human spirit.”
– Stephen Hawking

Overcoming Setbacks and Starting Again

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“I have studied the lives of great men and famous women and I found that the men and women who got the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand with everything they had of energy, enthusiasm, and hard work.” – Harry S. Truman

President Abraham Lincoln is a role model for many leaders. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War, which was its bloodiest war and greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. His strong leadership helped to preserve the United States, abolish slavery, strengthen the federal government, and modernize the economy of the Union. But I want to draw your attention today to the road that led to him being elected to the White House:

  • Failed in business in 1831
  • Defeated for Legislature in 1832
  • Second failure in business in 1833
  • Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker in 1838
  • Defeated for Elector in 1840
  • Defeated for Congress in 1843
  • Defeated for Congress in 1848
  • Defeated for Senate in 1855
  • Defeated for Vice President in 1856
  • Defeated for Senate in 1858
  • Elected President in 1860

As you can see,  Abraham Lincoln had to endure many setbacks before he was elected as president. How do your setbacks, which have stolen your dreams, compare to this list? If you are like me, looking at this list will make you realize that we give up way too quickly on our dreams.

Most people have the seed of greatness in them, yet they are never inspired, encouraged or committed to do anything with what they have. Opportunity lies around us in many strange and interesting forms, waiting to be seized.

Every large corporation or successful team started somewhere. It started with an idea in the mind of one person, who shared it with others who caught the dream. You must start somewhere, so start working on your dream today, start where you are. Do not let your setbacks stop you from fulfilling your destiny.

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