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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    Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. 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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    Happiness depends upon ourselves. 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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    Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle

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    Melancholy men are of all others the most witty. 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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    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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    The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

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    The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. 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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    Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle

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    Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle

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    No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. 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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    Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

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    Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. 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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    The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

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

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    Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

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    The secret to humor is surprise. 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 educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle

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    Friendship is essentially a partnership. 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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    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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    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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    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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    All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle

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    Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

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    Education is the best provision for old age. 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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    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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    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act by a habit. Aristotle

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    Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle

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    Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle

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    Change in all things is sweet.

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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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    The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. 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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    Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle

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    The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor.

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    The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle

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    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

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