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

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

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    Hope is a waking dream. Hope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    All men by nature desire to know. Nature

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    The secret to humor is surprise. Humour

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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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    Nature does nothing uselessly. Nature

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    Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Excellence

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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. Youth

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

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

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    The soul never thinks without a picture. Soul

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

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    Happiness is activity. Happiness

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    Wit is educated insolence. Wit

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    Hope is the dream of a waking man. Hope

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

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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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    All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Virtue

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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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    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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