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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.

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530 49
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

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261 27
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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286 32
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

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194 17
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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267 35
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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301 44
Memory is the scribe of the soul. Aristotle

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163 16
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. Aristotle

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185 21
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle

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113 9
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle

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216 29
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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103 8
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle

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117 10
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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235 38
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle

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135 15
The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle

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160 21
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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111 11
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle

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118 14
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle

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67 5
The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle

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29 1
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle

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72 6
All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle

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78 7
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle

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117 15
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle

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150 24
Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

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47 3
Melancholy men are of all others the most witty. Aristotle

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137 22
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle

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62 5
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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85 9
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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85 10
Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle

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121 20
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle

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83 10
Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle

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43 3
michaelj72 added Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

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34 2
michaelj72 added Change in all things is sweet.

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41 3
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. Aristotle

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24 1
michaelj72 added Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.

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32 2
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

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51 5
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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51 5
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle

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23 1
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle

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37 3
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle

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68 10
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act by a habit. Aristotle

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74 12
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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29 2
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle

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50 6
Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

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35 3
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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21 1
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. Aristotle

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21 1
michaelj72 added Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

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45 5
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle

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28 2
It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken. Aristotle

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74 15
Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle

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54 8
Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle