Aristotle Quotes

Aristotle Quotes


Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, scientist, and teacher born in Stagira, a Greek city on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea, in 384 BCE. He was the son of Nichomachus, who was the personal physician to the King of Macedon, and his mother, Phaestis, was from the neighboring island of Euboea. Aristotle was a student of Plato and went on to become the tutor of Alexander the Great.

Aristotle made significant contributions to many fields of study, including logic, metaphysics, ethics, politics, biology, and physics. He is often regarded as one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Western philosophy, and his ideas have had a profound impact on modern thought. Aristotle’s philosophical works include “Nicomachean Ethics,” “Politics,” “Metaphysics,” and “Poetics,” among others.

Aristotle died in 322 BCE in Chalcis, a city on the island of Euboea. The cause of his death is unknown, but some accounts suggest that he may have died of natural causes, while others speculate that he may have been poisoned. Regardless of the circumstances of his death, Aristotle’s legacy lives on through his teachings and writings, which continue to inspire and influence people around the world.

A constitution is the arrangement of magistrates in a state.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

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

All human beings, by nature, desire to know.

All men by nature desire knowledge.

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

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

Change in all things is sweet.

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.

Aristotle Quotes
Aristotle Quotes

Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.

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

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

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

Each man judges well the things he knows.

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

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

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

Aristotle Quotes
Aristotle Quotes

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

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

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

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.

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

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.

He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.

Aristotle Quotes
Aristotle Quotes

Be a free thinker and don’t accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.

Life is only meaningful when we are striving for a goal .

The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.

Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible.

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.

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

It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.

Aristotle Quotes
Aristotle Quotes

Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit.

95% of everything you do is the result of habit.

Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.

Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity.

The hardest victory is the victory over self.

Money is a guarantee that we may have what we want in the future. Though we need nothing at the moment it insures the possibility of satisfying a new desire when it arises.

So then Happiness is manifestly something focal and self-sufficient, being the end of all things which are and may be done.

Now of the Chief Good (i.e. of Happiness) men seem to form their notions from the different modes of life, as we might naturally expect: the many and most low conceive it to be pleasure, and hence they are content with the life of sensual enjoyment.

It is plain then that the good or ill fortunes of their friends do affect the dead somewhat.

Love is composed by a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Aristotle Quotes
Aristotle Quotes

The points required in Happiness are found in a combination of our account of it. For some think it is virtue, others practical wisdom, others a kind of scientific philosophy; others that it is these, or else some one of them, in combination with pleasure, or at least not independently of it; while others again take in external prosperity.

We praise the Reason or Rational part of the Soul, because it exhorts a right and to the best course: but clearly there is in them, beside the Reason, some other natural principle which fights with and strains against the Reason.

You must not demand the reason either in all things alike, because in some it is sufficient that the fact has been well demonstrated.

To sift all of the opinions would be perhaps rather a fruitless task; so it shall suffice to sift those which are most generally current, or are thought to have some reason in them.

The Chief Good we feel instinctively must be something which is our own, and not easily to be taken from us.

I draw no distinction between young in years, and youthful in temper and disposition.

Every bad man is ignorant what he ought to do and what to leave undone, and by reason of such error men become unjust and wholly evil.

For as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.

Men are not justified by calling those actions involuntary, which are done by reason of Anger or Lust.

The man who is truly good and sensible bears all fortunes, we presume, becomingly, and always does what is noblest under the circumstances.