Quotes by Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream.
- Aristotle
Well begun is half done.
- Aristotle
Wit is educated insolence.
- Aristotle
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Law is mind without reason.
- Aristotle
Nature does nothing in vain.
- Aristotle
Change in all things is sweet.
- Aristotle
Bad men are full of repentance.
- Aristotle
The secret to humor is surprise.
- Aristotle
The gods too are fond of a joke.
- Aristotle
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle
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He who hath many friends hath none.
- Aristotle
All men by nature desire knowledge.
- Aristotle
No one loves the man whom he fears.
- Aristotle
The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle
Man is by nature a political animal.
- Aristotle
A friend to all is a friend to none.
- Aristotle
The law is reason, free from passion.
- Aristotle
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
- Aristotle
We make war that we may live in peace.
- Aristotle
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
- Aristotle
The soul never thinks without a picture.
- Aristotle
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
- Aristotle
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
- Aristotle
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
- Aristotle
Education is the best provision for old age.
- Aristotle
Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
- Aristotle
Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
- Aristotle
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
- Aristotle
Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
- Aristotle
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
- Aristotle
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
- Aristotle
Most people would rather give than get affection.
- Aristotle
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
- Aristotle
Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
- Aristotle
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
- Aristotle
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
- Aristotle
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
- Aristotle
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
- Aristotle
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
- Aristotle
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
- Aristotle
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
- Aristotle
There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
- Aristotle
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
- Aristotle
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Aristotle
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
- Aristotle
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
- Aristotle
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
- Aristotle
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
- Aristotle
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
- Aristotle
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
- Aristotle
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
- Aristotle
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
- Aristotle
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
- Aristotle
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
- Aristotle
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
- Aristotle
Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle
The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
- Aristotle
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
- Aristotle
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
- Aristotle
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
- Aristotle
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
- Aristotle
Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
- Aristotle
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
- Aristotle
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
- Aristotle
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
- Aristotle
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
- Aristotle
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
- Aristotle
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
- Aristotle
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
- Aristotle
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
- Aristotle
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
- Aristotle
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
- Aristotle
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
- Aristotle
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
- Aristotle
No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
- Aristotle
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
- Aristotle
Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
- Aristotle
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
- Aristotle
It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
- Aristotle
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
- Aristotle
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
- Aristotle
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
- Aristotle
To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.
- Aristotle
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
- Aristotle
Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile.
- Aristotle
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
- Aristotle
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
- Aristotle
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
- Aristotle
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
- Aristotle
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
- Aristotle
The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
- Aristotle
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
- Aristotle
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
- Aristotle
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- Aristotle
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
- Aristotle
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
- Aristotle
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
- Aristotle
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
- Aristotle
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
- Aristotle
We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
- Aristotle
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
- Aristotle
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
- Aristotle
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
- Aristotle
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
- Aristotle
Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him.
- Aristotle