Aristotle Quotes (367 Quotes)


    The quality of life is determined by its activities.

    All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

    Patience is so like fortitude, that she seems either her sister or her daughter.

    It is not right to pervert the judge by moving him to anger or pity one might as well warp a carpenter's rule before using it.

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


    A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.

    A man is the origin of his action.

    A friend to all is a friend to none.

    The continuum is that which is divisible into indivisible that are infinitely divisible Physics.

    Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.

    It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.

    All that we do is done with an eye to something else.

    It is not the possessions but the desires of mankind which require to be equalized


    Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.

    Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones.

    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.

    If there is some end of the things we do ... will not knowledge of it, have a great influence on life Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is.

    The gods too are fond of a joke.

    The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.

    A bad man can do a million times more harm than a beast

    Aristotle suggests that the rotating Earth was a generally accepted tenet of Pythagorism 'While most of those who hold that the whole heaven is finite say that the earth lies at the center, the philosophers of Italy, the so-called Pythagoreans, assert the contrary. They say that in the middle there is fire, and that the earth is one of the stars, and by its circular motion round the center produces night and day.'

    One swallow does not make a spring.

    To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.

    He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.

    Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.

    It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way that is not easy.

    It is better for a city to be governed by a good man than by good laws.

    We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.

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


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    Sun Tzu - Lao Tzu - Heraclitus - George Santayana - Francis Bacon - Confucius - Theodor Adorno - Philo - Marquis de Condorcet - Anaxagoras


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