Aristotle Quotes

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
...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...
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.
Wit is educated insolence.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
It is easy to fly into a passion--anybody can do that--but to be angry with the right person and at the right time and with the right object and in the right way--that is not easy, and it is not everyone who can do it.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Man is by nature a political animal.
The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.
Change in all things is sweet.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
Those who have the command of the arms in a country are masters of the state, and have it in their power to make what revolutions they please. Thus, there is no end to observations on the difference between the measures likely to be pursued by a minister backed by a standing army, and those of a court awed by the fear of an armed people.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
We make war that we may live in peace.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
All proofs rest on premises.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
What is a friend A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is slow-ripening fruit.
The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
I count him braver who conquers his desires than him who conquers his enemies for the hardest victort is the victory over self.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
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.
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.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.
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 the government to the utmost.
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.
A friend is a second self.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.
All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
Law is mind without reason.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
To perceive is to suffer.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
Hope is a waking dream.
We are what we repeatedly do.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.
Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.
It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
One swallow does not make a summer.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
Time crumbles things everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
Law is order, and good law is good order.
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.
The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Well begun is half done.
They should rule who are able to rule best.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
Evil draws men together.
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