Aristotle Quotes (367 Quotes)


    The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants.

    There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.

    ... Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.

    Man is by nature a political animal.

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


    It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

    Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

    Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.

    For as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions ...

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

    For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.

    Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life

    Memory is the scribe of the soul.

    Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.

    Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

    The state is a creation of nature and man is by nature a political animal.

    The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved.

    In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

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

    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.

    The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.

    If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.

    Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

    Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

    To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

    So it is naturally with the male and the female the one is superior, the other inferior the one governs, the other is governed and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.

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

    The actuality of thought is life.

    ... happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it....

    Without friends no one would choose to live.

    We can do noble acts without ruling the earth and sea

    Law is a form of order, and good law must necessarily mean good order.

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

    There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied mathematics.

    People become house builders through building houses, harp players through playing the harp. We grow to be just by doing things which are just.

    A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

    Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

    If there is any blame for losing Aristotle, it belongs to Greek philosophy itself, not to the Christianity Freeman blames. In the course of a few centuries ... simply dispersed, allowing Aristotle's works to fall into an undeserved neglect.

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

    We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.

    The soul never thinks without a picture.

    Greatness does not consist in receiving honors but in deserving them.

    Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

    It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.

    The soul can not think without a picture.

    Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

    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.

    Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed.

    for the lesser evil is reckoned a good in comparison with the greater evil, since the lesser evil is rather to be chosen than the greater

    What is justice To give every man his own.


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