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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.

For your convenience, these historic Aristotle quotes are accompanied by the subjects to which they relate. Be sure to vote up your favorite Aristotle sayings so that they don't fall to the bottom of the list.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle
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Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
3
Memory is the scribe of the soul. 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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The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. 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
8
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
10
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. 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
12
Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle
13
The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle
14
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
15
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
16
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle
17
Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. Aristotle
18
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
20
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle
21
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle
22
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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Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle
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Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle
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All men by nature desire to know. Aristotle