The Best Aristotle Quotes Quotations

The Best Aristotle Quotes

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A list of the best Aristotle quotes. This list is arranged according to which famous Aristotle quotes have received the most votes from philosophers like you, so only the greatest Aristotle quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Aristotle should be listed, but you can add more if any profound thoughts from Aristotle are missing. This list includes notable Aristotle quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

Quotes by Aristotle are among the most influential quotes of all time. Not surprising, since the ancient Greek philosopher's insights have shaped centuries of human thought and western cultural development. Looking for Aristotle quotes on happiness or love? How about Aristotle quotes on education or politics? You'll find them all among these Aristotelian quotations.

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

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

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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. Aristotle

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    Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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    Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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

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

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    Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

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    Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle

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

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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. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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    Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

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

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

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    Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

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    The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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

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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. Aristotle

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    Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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    Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle

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    All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle

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    Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle

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

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    Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

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

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    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

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

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    Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle

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

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    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

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    Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle

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    Happiness is activity. Aristotle

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

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

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

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    The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle

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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. Aristotle

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    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

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    Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle

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    Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. Aristotle

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