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Best Aristotle Quotes

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A list of the best Aristotle quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Aristotle quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Aristotle quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Aristotle should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Aristotle quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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    Memory is the scribe of the soul. Memory

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    Happiness depends upon ourselves. Happiness

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    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. Anger

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

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

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

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    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. Education

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    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. Excellence

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    Hope is a waking dream. Hope

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    Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Education

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

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    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. Writers and Writing

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

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    Man is by nature a political animal. Humankind

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    The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Life and Living

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

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

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    Friendship is essentially a partnership. Friends and Friendship

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

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    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act by a habit.

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

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

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    Nature does nothing uselessly. Nature

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    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. Goal

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    Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Poverty and The Poor

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

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

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    All men by nature desire to know. Nature

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    Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Possibilities

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    Education is the best provision for old age. Education

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    Happiness is a sort of action. Happiness

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    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. Friends and Friendship

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    No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Insanity

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    The secret to humor is surprise. Humour

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    The soul never thinks without a picture. Soul

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    Hope is the dream of a waking man. Hope

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    Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. Equality

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

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    The law is reason, free from passion. Law and Lawyers

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

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    Happiness is activity. Happiness

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    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. Middle class

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    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. Society

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    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. Anger

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

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    Cruel is the strife of brothers. Family

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    Wit is educated insolence. Wit

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    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. Courage

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    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. Morality

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