Aristotle Quotes

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Top Aristotle Quotes

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

A constitution is the arrangement of magistrates in a state. Aristotle

Life in accordance with intellect is best and pleasantest, since this, more than anything else, constitutes humanity. Aristotle

The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. Aristotle

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. Aristotle

The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle

A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so. Aristotle

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

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle

In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech. Aristotle

I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. 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

Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle

The many are more incorruptible than the few; they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little. Aristotle

The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things, and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning. All their mistakes are due to excess and vehemence and their neglect of the maxim, “Never go to extremes”. They overdo everything; they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else. And they think they know everything, and confidently affirm it, and this is the cause of their excess in everything. Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle, Metaphysics

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle

With the truth, all given facts harmonise; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note. Aristotle

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle

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

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing. Aristotle

The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. Aristotle

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle

All human beings, by nature, desire to know. Aristotle

Life is a gift of nature but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom. Aristotle

It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with reason when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. Aristotle

Short Aristotle quotes: Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle

The quality of life is determined by its activities. Aristotle

The man who shuns and fears everything and stands up to nothing becomes a coward; the man who is afraid of nothing at all, but marches up to every danger becomes foolhardy. Similarly the man who indulges in pleasure and refrains from none becomes unrestrained; but if a man behaves like a bad-mannered and turns his back on every pleasure, he is a case of insensibility. Thus temperance and courage are destroyed by excess and deficiency and preserved by the mean. Aristotle

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. Aristotle

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy. Aristotle

Education is an ornament in prosperity & a refuge in adversity. Aristotle

Rash men wish for dangers beforehand but draw back when they are in them. Brave men are excited at the moment of action, but collected beforehand. Aristotle

There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Aristotle

At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle

The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow. Aristotle

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle

Change in all things is sweet. Aristotle

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead. Aristotle

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. Aristotle

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. Aristotle

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

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

It is also in the interests of a tyrant to make his subjects poor, so that he may be able to afford the cost of his bodyguard, while the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting. Aristotle

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle

Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. Aristotle

It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed of an inability to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of an inability to defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs. Aristotle, The Rhetoric & The Poetics of Aristotle

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy. Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. Aristotle

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. Aristotle

Bad people are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who chooses harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good. Aristotle

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. Aristotle

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle

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

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle

Teachers should be more honoured than parents, for whereas parents give their children life, teachers give their children a good life. Aristotle

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. Aristotle

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

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Aristotle

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. Aristotle

The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else. Aristotle

To perceive is to suffer. Aristotle

Well begun is half done. Aristotle

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

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. Aristotle

It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good. Aristotle

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle

The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle

Each man judges well the things he knows. Aristotle

If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out. Aristotle

Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle

Nature does nothing in vain. Aristotle

It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. Aristotle

The actuality of thought is life. Aristotle

Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. Aristotle

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle

Some thinkers hold that it is by nature that people become good, others that it is by habit, and others that it is by instruction. . . just as a piece of land has to be prepared beforehand if it is to nourish the seed, so the mind of the pupil has to be prepared in its habits if it is to enjoy and dislike the right things. Aristotle

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. Aristotle

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle

Moral virtue is the quality of acting in the best way in relation to pleasures and pains, and that vice is the opposite. Aristotle

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. Aristotle

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

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all. Aristotle

It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace. Aristotle

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. Aristotle

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. Aristotle

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. Aristotle

All proofs rest on premises. Aristotle

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. Aristotle

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. Aristotle

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle

We acquire a particular quality by acting in a particular way. Aristotle

Virtue lies in our power, and similarly so does vice; because where it is in our power to act, it is also in our power not to act… Aristotle

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. Aristotle

For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. Aristotle

All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. Aristotle

The self-indulgent man craves for all pleasant things, and is led by his appetite to choose these at the cost of everything else. Aristotle

The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle

Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons. Aristotle

Bad people…are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. Aristotle

Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. Aristotle

The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle

The aim of the wise is to not secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle

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