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Aristotle Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Aristotle

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

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

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
- Aristotle

In the arena of human life,
the honors and rewards fall to those
who show their good qualities in action.
- Aristotle

 

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life,
since without friends no one would choose to live,
though possessed of all other advantages.
- Aristotle

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

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

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

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth,
but a reproach to old age.
- Aristotle

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

Change in all things is sweet.
- Aristotle

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

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are
always aiming at something beyond political life itself,
power and glory, or happiness.
- Aristotle

The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream.
- Aristotle

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
- Aristotle

We make war that we may live in peace.
- Aristotle

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
- Aristotle

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

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because
they are more certain they are their own.
- Aristotle

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

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- 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

Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle

All men by nature desire knowledge.
- Aristotle

Bad men are full of repentance.
- 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

The gods too are fond of a joke.
- 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

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

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

It is clearly better that property should be private,
but the use of it common; and the special business
of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
- 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

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

He who hath many friends hath none.
- Aristotle

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
- Aristotle

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a
certain moral character in his fellow citizens,
namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle

The law is reason, free from passion.
- Aristotle

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
- 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

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people,
and therefore deprive them of their arms.
- Aristotle

Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle

Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice,
is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason
the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
- Aristotle

We become just by performing just action,
temperate by performing temperate actions,
brave by performing brave action.
- Aristotle

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
- 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

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good,
and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good,
and they are good in themselves.
- Aristotle

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and,
while it is true that the suicide braves death,
he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
- Aristotle

Most people would rather give than get affection.
- Aristotle

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is
whole and complete and of a certain magnitude.
A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
- Aristotle

No one loves the man whom he fears.
- Aristotle

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

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

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
- Aristotle

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more
affection than she feels.
- Aristotle

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

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

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

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great
calamities with cheerfulness,
not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
- 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

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

Friendship is essentially a partnership.
- Aristotle


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