Aristotle Quotes

Most Popular Aristotle Quotes on Happiness, learning & Values.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
– Aristotle.

Rising before daylight is also to be commended; it is a healthy habit, and gives more time for the management of the household as well as for liberal studies.
– Aristotle.

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

All men are alike when asleep.
– Aristotle.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
– Aristotle.

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

Happiness is activity.
– Aristotle.

Art takes nature as its model.
– Aristotle.

The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.
– Aristotle.

In the perfect state the good man is absolutely the same as the good citizen; whereas in other states the good citizen is only good relatively to his own form of government.
– Aristotle.

He is courageous who endures and fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times.
– Aristotle.

Law is mind without reason.
– Aristotle.

He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger.
– Aristotle.

We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
– Aristotle.

Law is order, and good law is good order.
– Aristotle.

To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.
– Aristotle.

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.
– Aristotle.

To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity.
– Aristotle.

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
– Aristotle.

Adventure is worthwhile.
– Aristotle.

Female cats are very Lascivious, and make advances to the male.
– Aristotle.

[Meanness] is more ingrained in man’s nature than Prodigality; the mass of mankind are avaricious rather than open-handed.
– Aristotle.

A friend to all is a friend to none.
– Aristotle.

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

Nature does nothing in vain. Therefore, it is imperative for persons to act in accordance with their nature and develop their latent talents, in order to be content and complete.
– Aristotle.

Men create the gods after their own images.
– Aristotle.

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.

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

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
– Aristotle.

“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.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
– Aristotle.

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

It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.
– Aristotle.

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

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

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

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
– Aristotle.

One thing alone not even God can do, To make undone whatever hath been done.
– Aristotle.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
– Aristotle.

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
– Aristotle.

“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.

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

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.
– Aristotle.

The secret to humor is surprise.
– Aristotle.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Friendship is essentially a partnership.
– Aristotle.

Happiness is activity.
– Aristotle.

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
– Aristotle.

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

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

Memory is the scribe of the soul.
– Aristotle.

Nature does nothing uselessly.
– Aristotle.

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

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
– Aristotle.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
– 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 mankind.
– Aristotle.

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.

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

The most perfect political community must be among 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.

The soul never thinks without a picture. Hope is the dream of a waking man.
– Aristotle.

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
– 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.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
– Aristotle.

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

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

Education is the best provision for old age.
– 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.

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
– Aristotle.

Hope is a waking dream.
– 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.

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.

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

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
– Aristotle.

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.
– Aristotle.

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

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
– Aristotle.

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

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

The law is reason, free from passion.
– Aristotle.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
– 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 simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
– Aristotle.

To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
– Aristotle.

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.

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

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

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