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Aristotle quotes (88)

The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
Aristotle Onassis   Category: Business

We cannot learn without pain.
Aristotle   Category: Pain

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
Aristotle   Category: Calamities

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Aristotle   Category: Citizen

There are three classes of men--lovers of wisdom lovers of honour lovers of gain.
Aristotle   Category: Man

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Aristotle   Category: Quick

The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.
Aristotle Onassis   Category: Success

The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
Aristotle   Category: Two

Humor is the only test of gravity and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.
Aristotle   Category: Gravity

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress no matter how slow.
Aristotle   Category: Progress

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Aristotle   Category: Beauty

We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.
Aristotle   Category: Leisure

Consider pleasures as they depart not as they come.
Aristotle   Category: Pleasure

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
Aristotle   Category: Praise

It is better to rise from life as from a banquet -- neither thirsty nor drunken.
Aristotle   Category: Moderation

A state is not a mere society having a common place established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange.... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions and not of mere companionship.
Aristotle   Category: State

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.
Aristotle   Category: Courage

We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.
Aristotle   Category: Friendship

Wit is educated insolence.
Aristotle   Category: Wit

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth but a reproach to old age.
Aristotle   Category: Youth

Law is order and good law is good order.
Aristotle   Category: Order

You become just by performing just actions temperate by performing temperate actions brave by performing brave actions.
Aristotle   Category: Action

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
Aristotle   Category: Acquaintance

Character is that which reveals moral purpose exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids
Aristotle   Category: Character

Dissimilarity of habit tends more than anything to destroy affection.
Aristotle   Category: Affection

No notice is taken of a little evil but when it increases it strikes the eye.
Aristotle   Category: Evil

The gods too are fond of a joke.
Aristotle   Category: God

... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions and not of mere companionship.
Aristotle   Category: Politics

Well begun is half done.
Aristotle   Category: Begin

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle   Category: Acceptance

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication because youth is sweet and they are growing.
Aristotle   Category: Unsorted

No great genius is without an admixture of madness.
Aristotle   Category: Genius

That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it.
Aristotle   Category: Common

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors but in deserving them.
Aristotle   Category: Dignity

What it lies in our power to do it lies in our power not to do.
Aristotle   Category: Love

Bodily exercise when compulsory does no harm to the body but knowledge acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
Aristotle   Category: Exercise

Most people would rather give than get affection.
Aristotle   Category: Get

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Aristotle   Category: Potential

No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
Aristotle   Category: Injustice

After a certain point money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.
Aristotle Onassis   Category: Unsorted

The man who gets angry at the right things and with the right people and in the right way and at the right time and for the right length of time is commended.
Aristotle   Category: Rights

Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil - and if they cannot feel they have lost their liberty.
Aristotle   Category: Revenge

... the man is free we say who exists for his own sake and not for another's.
Aristotle Metaphysics   Category: Unsorted

A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth no property and vulgar employments.
Aristotle   Category: Democracy

The secret to humor is surprise.
Aristotle   Category: Humor

Those that know do. Those that understand teach.
Aristotle   Category: Teach

Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
Aristotle   Category: Philosophy

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things but their inward significance.
Aristotle   Category: Art

And yet the true creator is necessity which is the mother of invention.
Aristotle   Category: Invention

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal and equals that they my be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
Aristotle   Category: Epithet

It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
Aristotle   Category: Wonder

The law is reason free from passion.
Aristotle   Category: Law

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   Category: Soul

All that we do is done with an eye to something else.
Aristotle   Category: Do

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Aristotle   Category: Reason

Most people would rather give than get affection.
Aristotle   Category:

We make war that we might live in peace.
Aristotle   Category: Peace

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Aristotle   Category: Virtue

The family is the association established by nature for the supply of mans everyday wants.
Aristotle   Category: Family

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Aristotle   Category: Mind

If women didnt exist all the money in the world would have no meaning.
Aristotle Onassis   Category: Women

Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history since its statements are of the nature of universals whereas those of history are singulars.
Aristotle   Category: Poetry

He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger.
Aristotle   Category: Anger

Hope is a waking dream.
Aristotle   Category: Dream

Every science and every inquiry and similarly every activity and pursuit is thought to aim at some good.
Aristotle   Category: Good

One swallow does not make a summer?
Aristotle   Category: Summer

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied and most men live only for the gratification of it.
Aristotle   Category: Desire

Learning is an ornament in prosperity a refuge in adversity and a provision in old age.
Aristotle   Category: Learn

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Aristotle   Category: Epigrams

Plato is dear to me but dearer still is truth.
Aristotle   Category: Truth

Between friends there is no need of justice.
Aristotle   Category: Justice

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
Aristotle   Category: Statesman

Change in all things is sweet.
Aristotle   Category: Change

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
Aristotle   Category: Fool

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle   Category: Depend

All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle   Category: Housework

A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also as having magnitude complete in itself ... with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.
Aristotle   Category: Tragedy

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Aristotle   Category: All

The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
Aristotle   Category: Fear

Bad men are full of repentance.
Aristotle   Category: Remember

How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms?
Aristotle   Category: Disagree

Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are to the dead.
Aristotle   Category: Intelligent

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Aristotle   Category: Command

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
Aristotle   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Education

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents for these only gave life those the art of living well.
Aristotle   Category: Children

The quality of life is determined by its activities.
Aristotle   Category: Life

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Aristotle   Category: Self