Best quotes by the Greek Philosopher Aristotle

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
  • introspection

There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, Say nothing, and Be nothing.
  • criticism

The more you know, the more you know you don't know.
  • knowlede

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
  • education



Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
  • Love

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

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
  • Excellence

A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
  • Friends

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
  • Equality

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
  • Education

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
  • Genius

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
  • time

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  • Happiness

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
  • act

Without friends no one would choose to live.
  • Friends

Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.
  • Love

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

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
  • Education

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

Hope is a waking dream.
  • Hope

Most people would rather give than get affection.
  • Love

Education is the best provision for old age.
  • Education

A friend to all is a friend to none.
  • friendship

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
  • Life

No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
  • Insanity

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

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
  • Friends

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

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

Wit is educated insolence.
  • Intelligence


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A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
  • Friends

Without friends no one would choose to live.
  • Friends

A friend to all is a friend to none.
  • friendship

Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
  • Friends

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

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • friendship

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • Friends

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
  • Friends

Friendship is essentially a partnership.
  • Friends

To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • Friends

Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
  • Friends

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

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
  • Friends

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
  • choose

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The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
  • Life

To perceive is to suffer.
  • empathy

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

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
  • create

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

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.
  • different

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
  • cares

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

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
  • Excellence

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
  • act

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
  • Excellence

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
  • alike

It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.
  • Excellence

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.
  • act

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
  • being

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Nature does nothing uselessly.
  • Nature

All men by nature desire to know.
  • Nature

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
  • nature

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.
  • another

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
  • bats

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
  • graver

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
  • nature

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  • Happiness

...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...
  • Happiness

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
  • Happiness

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

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.
  • different

Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
  • happiness

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.
  • soul

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

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
  • Personality

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
  • genius

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



It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
  • Habits

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
  • anticipation

Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
  • Goals

The secret to humor is surprise.
  • Humor

Memory is the scribe of the soul.
  • Memory

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
  • Actions

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
  • Excellence

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

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
  • Potential

To perceive is to suffer.
  • empathy

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
  • difference

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

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
  • Rest

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
  • Actions

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

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

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • friendship

Well begun is half done.
  • Actions

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

Melancholy men are of all others the most witty.
  • Humor

To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
  • Authors

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
  • Character

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
  • Education

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
  • Evil

The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
  • Youth

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

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • Friends

Nature does nothing uselessly.
  • Nature

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
  • Poverty

The soul never thinks without a picture.
  • Soul

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

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
  • confidence

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.
  • braves

We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
  • Actions

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
  • DeceptionLying

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.
  • Friends

Friendship is essentially a partnership.
  • Friends

Hope is the dream of a waking man.
  • Hope

Obstinate people can be divded into the opinionated, the ignorant, and the boorish.
  • Stubbornness

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

We make war that we may live in peace.
  • peace

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

This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
  • Children

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.
  • Equality

Democracy arose from men's thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
  • Freedom

To the query, What is a friend? his reply was A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
  • Friends

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.
  • Morals

All men by nature desire to know.
  • Nature

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
  • Poetry

No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it.
  • Responsibility

The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.
  • Tragedy

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
  • mean

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
  • fear

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.
  • democracy

One thing alone not even God can do,To make undone whatever hath been done.

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

All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
  • Empire

Cruel is the strife of brothers.
  • Family

Without friends, no one would want to live, even if he had all other goods.
  • Friends

It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.
  • Knowledge

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
  • Politics

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.
  • Solitude

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
  • Truth

In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
  • arrangement

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
  • Beauty

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

Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal.
  • Crime

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
  • Education

It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken.
  • Moderation

Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard.
  • Praise

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
  • Virtue

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
  • acquire

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
  • class

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
  • create

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
  • hope

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
  • nature

Bad men are full of repentance.
  • Forgiveness

...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...
  • Happiness

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
  • Happiness

Man is by nature a political animal.
  • Humanity

In revolutions the occasions may be trifling but great interests are at stake.
  • Revolution

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

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

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.
  • another

The gods too are fond of a joke.
  • fond

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

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
  • absolutely

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
  • decline

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
  • absorb

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
  • arms

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

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.
  • Anger

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.
  • Bravery

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
  • Equality

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
  • Justice

The law is reason, free from passion.
  • Law

Homer has taught all other poets the are of telling lies skillfully.
  • Poetry

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.
  • Soul

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
  • Truth

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
  • Virtue

Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
  • creates

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
  • alike

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
  • bats

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.
  • equality

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
  • appearance

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
  • politics

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.
  • best

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

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

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.
  • different

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
  • choose

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
  • cares

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

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

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

Philosophy is the science which considers truth.


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