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.


It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.     

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Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has.     

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Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.     

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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.     

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The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all he must be a beast or a god.     

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A person's life persuades better than his word.     

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

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Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed.     

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We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.     

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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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Adoration is made out of a solitary soul occupying two bodies.     

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The democrats think that as they are equal they ought to be equal in all things.     

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The basis of a democratic state is liberty.     

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

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The good citizen need not of necessity possess the virtue which makes a good man.     

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The citizens begin by giving up some part of the constitution, and so with greater ease the government change something else which is a little more important, until they have undermined the whole fabric of the state.     

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When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name a constitution.     

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Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain.     

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The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.     

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Equity is that idea of justice which contravenes the written law.     

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To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.     

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Wit is educated insolence.     

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He who on conviction does and pursues and chooses what is pleasant would be thought to be better than one who does so as a result not of calculation but of incontinence; for he is easier to cure since he may be persuaded to change his mind.     

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Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.     

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Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.     

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Beauty depends on size as well as symmetry. No very small animal can be beautiful, for looking at it takes so small a portion of time that the impression of it will be confused. Nor can any very large one, for a whole view of it cannot be had at once, and so there will be no unity and completeness.     

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The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order, symmetry, and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.     

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A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.     

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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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All proofs rest on premises.     

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