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80 Amazing Quotes by Aristotle

Popular Quotes by Aristotle

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as scientist. Similar to Plato and Socrates, he laid much of his thoughts of the foundation for western Philosophy. He was a student of Plato and joined his academy. Here is a list of some of the popular thoughts and quotes by Aristotle.

  1. “Hope is a waking dream.” - Aristotle
  2. “Memory is the scribe of the soul.” - Aristotle
  3. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
  4. “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
  5. “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” - Aristotle
  6. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” - Aristotle
  7. “To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.” - Aristotle
  8. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” - Aristotle
  9. “Anyone can become angry — that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way — this is not easy.” - Aristotle
  10. “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
  11. “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” - Aristotle
  12. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” - Aristotle
  13. “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” - Aristotle
  14. “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” - Aristotle
  15. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” - Aristotle
  16. “Man is by nature a political animal.” - Aristotle
  17. “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” - Aristotle
  18. “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.” - Aristotle
  19. “All men by nature desire to know.” - Aristotle
  20. “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” - Aristotle
  21. “Friendship is essentially a partnership.” - Aristotle
  22. “What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” - Aristotle
  23. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act by a habit.” - Aristotle
  24. “The secret to humor is surprise.” - Aristotle
  25. “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” - Aristotle
  26. “Happiness is a sort of action.” - Aristotle
  27. “The law is reason, free from passion.” - Aristotle
  28. “No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.” - Aristotle
  29. “Happiness is activity.” - Aristotle
  30. “No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.” - Aristotle
  31. “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.” - Aristotle
  32. “Cruel is the strife of brothers.” - Aristotle
  33. “Education is the best provision for old age.” - Aristotle
  34. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” - Aristotle
  35. “Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.” - Aristotle
  36. “The soul never thinks without a picture. Hope is the dream of a waking man.” - Aristotle
  37. “Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.” - Aristotle
  38. “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” - Aristotle
  39. “The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.” - Aristotle
  40. “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” - Aristotle
  41. “Wit is educated insolence.” - Aristotle
  42. “The most perfect political community must be amongst those who are in the middle rank, and those states are best instituted wherein these are a larger and more respectable part, if possible, than both the other; or, if that cannot be, at least than either of them separate.” - Aristotle
  43. “Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.” - Aristotle
  44. “The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.” - Aristotle
  45. “We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.” - Aristotle
  46. “Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.” - Aristotle
  47. “Well begun is half done.” - Aristotle
  48. “Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.” - Aristotle
  49. “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” - Aristotle
  50. “No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.” - Aristotle
  51. “The end of labor is to gain leisure.” - Aristotle
  52. “Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” - Aristotle
  53. “To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” - Aristotle
  54. “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” - Aristotle
  55. “All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.” - Aristotle
  56. “Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation… nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.” - Aristotle
  57. “One thing alone not even God can do, To make undone whatever hath been done.” - Aristotle
  58. “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
  59. “We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.” - Aristotle
  60. “Nature does nothing uselessly.” - Aristotle
  61. “Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.”
  62. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” - Aristotle
  63. “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.” - Aristotle
  64. “Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.” - Aristotle
  65. “If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.” - Aristotle
  66. “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” - Aristotle
  67. “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” - Aristotle
  68. “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
  69. “It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.” - Aristotle
  70. “Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.” - Aristotle
  71. “It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.” - Aristotle
  72. “All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.” - Aristotle
  73. “They — Young People 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 in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything — they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.” - Aristotle
  74. “So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.” - Aristotle
  75. “Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.” - Aristotle
  76. “My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” - Aristotle
  77. “It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.” - Aristotle
  78. “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” - Aristotle
  79. “The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.” - Aristotle
  80. “This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.” - Aristotle

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