Aristotle Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Aristotle quotes, Aristotle sayings, and Aristotle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

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

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

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

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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.     

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

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

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

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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.     

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.     

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Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good.

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

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

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

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

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

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

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Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

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He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

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

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

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Man's best friend is one who wishes well to the object of his wish for his sake, even if no one is to know of it.     

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

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Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.     

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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.     

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.     

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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.

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

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We make war that we may live in peace.

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

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