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Aristotle Quotes

Quotes by Aristotle - (62 quotes)

Aristotle - From the Activity category:

The quality of life is determined by its activities. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Activity category:

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

Aristotle - From the Amusement category:

The gods too are fond of a joke. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Art category:

Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Art category:

Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature's unrealized ends. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Art category:

All art is concerned with coming into being... for art is concerned neither with things that are, or come into being by necessity, nor with things that do so in accordance with nature. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Beauty category:

The beautiful is that which is desirable in itself. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Business category:

Business or toil is merely utilitarian. It is necessary but does not enrich or ennoble a human life. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Choices category:

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Courage category:

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Danger category:

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Desire category:

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Difficulty category:

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Drunkenness category:

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Education category:

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Education category:

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Education category:

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Energy category:

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Excellence category:

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Finishing category:

Art completes what nature cannot bring to a finish. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Freedom category:

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Friendship category:

What is a friend? A single soul in two bodies. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Friendship category:

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Genius category:

There was never a genius without a tincture of insanity. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Genius category:

The greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Goodness category:

Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Greatness category:

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Habit category:

-misattributed, quote by Will Durant...
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Happiness category:

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. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Happiness category:

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Hope category:

Hope is a waking dream. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Humour category:

Wit is educated insolence. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Humour category:

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. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Impossibilities category:

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Jealousy category:

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Leisure category:

Happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Life category:

Life in the true sense is perceiving or thinking. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Materials category:

The hand is the tool of tools. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Nature category:

Art takes nature as its model. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Nature category:

Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Nature category:

Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Perception category:

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

Aristotle - From the Planning category:

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Pleasure category:

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Poetry category:

For the purposes of poetry, a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Politics category:

- The Rich And The Rest Of Us: A Poverty Manifesto by Cornel West...
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. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Possessions category:

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

Aristotle - From the Profession category:

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Purpose category:

-Nicomachean Ethics, c. 325 BC...
For just as for a flute-player, a sculptor, or an artist, and, in general, for all things that have a function or activity, the good and the well is thought to reside in the function, so would it seem to be for man, if he has a function. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Reality category:

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance, and this, and not the external manner and detail, is true reality. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Solitude category:

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. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Standards category:

The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Subject category:

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Suffering category:

Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Thinking category:

When you look and see, you don't think. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Thinking category:

The soul never thinks without a picture. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Time category:

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Tones category:

The most beautiful colors laid on at random, give less pleasure than a black-and-white drawing. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Wisdom category:

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

Aristotle - From the Wisdom category:

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Wonder category:

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. (Aristotle)

Aristotle - From the Words category:

The word is a sign or symbol of the impressions or affections of the soul. (Aristotle)