Aristotle Quotes

Aristotle, an philosopher and polymath from Ancient Greece, left behind a diverse collection of writings encompassing a wide array of topics, including the natural sciences, philosophy, linguistics, economics, politics, psychology, and the arts. Wikipedia

“The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.” ~ Aristotle

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals. Separated from law and justice, he is the worst.” ~ Aristotle

“The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.” ~ Aristotle

“Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.” ~ Aristotle

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

“We must as second best, as people say, take the least of the evils.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.” ~ Aristotle

“Philosophy is the science which considers truth.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.” ~ Aristotle

“Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.” ~ Aristotle

“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

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

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

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

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

“Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Change in all things is sweet.” ~ Aristotle

“Great men are always of nature originally melancholy.” ~ Aristotle

“Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.” ~ Aristotle

“Memory is the scribe of the soul.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Man is, by nature, a political animal.” ~ 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

“Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.” ~ Aristotle

“Nature does nothing uselessly.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.” ~ Aristotle

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle

“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” ~ Aristotle

“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

“Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.” ~ Aristotle

“Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.” ~ Aristotle

“It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” ~ Aristotle

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

“Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” ~ Aristotle

“You will never do anything in the world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind, next to honor.” ~ Aristotle

“There is only one good, that is knowledge; there is only one evil, that is ignorance.” ~ Aristotle

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal and history only the particular.” ~ Aristotle

“Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.” ~ Aristotle

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

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

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

“No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases, it strikes the eye.” ~ Aristotle

“Each man judges well the things he knows.” ~ Aristotle

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

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

“Evil draws men together.” ~ Aristotle

“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

“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

“Hope is a waking dream.” ~ Aristotle

“No one loves the man whom he fears.” ~ Aristotle

“Obstinate people can be divided into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish.” ~ Aristotle

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

“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” ~ Aristotle

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” ~ Aristotle

“A friend to all is a friend to none.” ~ Aristotle

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

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

“All men, by nature, desire knowledge.” ~ Aristotle

“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 mind.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

“My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” ~ Aristotle

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

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” ~ Aristotle

“Most people would rather give than get affection.” ~ 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

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

“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.” ~ Aristotle

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

“To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.” ~ Aristotle

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.” ~ Aristotle

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

“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

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

“It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.” ~ 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

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