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.


The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.     

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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.     

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The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children.     

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It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.     

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

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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.     

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

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Friendship is essentially a partnership.     

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It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.     

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Being a father is the most rewarding thing a man whose career has plateaued can do.     

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Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old.     

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The line between lawful and unlawful abortion will be marked by the fact of having sensation and being alive.     

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

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A beginning is that which does not itself follow anything by causal necessity, but after which something naturally is or comes to be.     

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It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.     

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To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter.     

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The end of labor is to gain leisure.     

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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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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.     

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Hope is a waking dream.     

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Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.     

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Persuasion is achieved by the speaker's personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.     

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

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The flute is not an instrument that has a good moral effect. It is too exciting.      

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For through wondering human beings now and in the beginning have been led to philosophizing.     

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

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In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength.     

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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.     

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No tyrant need fear till men begin to feel confident in each other.     

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To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter.     

Aristotle