50 Famous Quotes by Aristotle

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest thinkers in history. He made significant contributions to a wide range of fields, including logic, ethics, and biology. Aristotle's approach emphasized the importance of reason and observation in understanding the world, and his work has had a profound influence on the development of Western philosophy and science. His legacy as a thinker and innovator continues to inspire scholars and scientists today. (Aristotle Biography).

Aristotle Famous Quotes

1. "Quality is not an act, it is a habit."

2. "The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."

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

4. "The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal."

5. "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

6. "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

7. "Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."

8. "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work."

9. "There is no great genius without some touch of madness."

10. "A friend to all is a friend to none."

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

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

13. "Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."

14. "Good habits formed at youth make all the difference."

15. "Happiness depends upon ourselves."

16. "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."

17. "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

18. "The energy of the mind is the essence of life."

19. "You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."

20. "Hope is a waking dream."

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

22. "Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach."

23. "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."

24. "Well begun is half done."

25. "The secret to humor is surprise."

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

27. "Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms."

28. "Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference."

29. "We make war that we may live in peace."

30. "The law is reason, free from passion."

31. "The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival."

32. "Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy."

33. "What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do."

34. "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."

35. "A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side."

36. "Change in all things is sweet."

37. "Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind."

38. "The soul never thinks without a picture."

39. "Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts."

40. "Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope."

41. "Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil."

42. "Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."

43. "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead."

44. "It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought."

45. "It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken."

46. "My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake."

47. "To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill."

48. "Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit."

49. "Wit is educated insolence."

50. "Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers."

― Aristotle Quotes

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