80 Famous Aristotle Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective

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Aristotle (384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath in Ancient Greece. He was born in the city of Stagira in Northern Greece. His father died when Aristotle was a child.  At seventeen or eighteen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy. After Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and tutored Alexander the Great beginning in 343 BC. He established a library that helped him to produce hundreds of books on papyrus scrolls.

He was the founder of the Lyceum, the Peripatetic school of philosophy, and the Aristotelian tradition. His writings cover many subjects including physics, biology, zoology, and logic. And also metaphysics, aesthetics, poetry, music, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics, meteorology, and geology. Aristotle provided a complex synthesis of the various philosophies existing before him. As a result, his philosophy has exerted a unique influence on almost every form of knowledge.

Aristotle’s views profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. The influence of physical science extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance. Some of Aristotle’s zoological observations were found in his biology. Such as on the reproductive arm of the octopus. Aristotle was revered among medieval Muslim scholars as “The First Teacher”. Among medieval Christians like Thomas Aquinas as “The Philosopher”. The poet Dante called him “the master of those who knows“. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic. Aristotle’s influence on logic continued well into the 19th century. 

Aristotle has been called “the father of logic”, “the father of biology”, “the father of political science”, and “the father of zoology”. And also “the father of embryology”, “the father of natural law”, and “the father of scientific method”. “The father of psychology”, “the father of realism”, and “the father of criticism”. “The father of teleology”, and “the father of meteorology”.

Excellence Aristotle Quotes

“Temperance is a means with regard to pleasures.” – Aristotle

Aristotle Quotes

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.” – Aristotle

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.” – Aristotle

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skilfully.” – Aristotle

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“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” – Aristotle

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle

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

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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.”  – Aristotle

“No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.” – Aristotle

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.” – Aristotle

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It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it is common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. – Aristotle

“Hope is the dream of a waking man.” – Aristotle

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

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Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.” – Aristotle

For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.” – Aristotle

“Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.” – Aristotle

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For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” – Aristotle

“Change in all things is sweet.”  – Aristotle Quotes

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

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We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.” – Aristotle

The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.” – Aristotle

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

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“All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.” – Aristotle

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

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

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

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. – Aristotle

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

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

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

Most people would rather give than get affection.” – Aristotle

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Nature does nothing in vain.” – Aristotle

The secret to humour is surprise.”  – Aristotle

“Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.” – Aristotle

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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than he who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” – Aristotle

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.” – Aristotle

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

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The law is reason, free from passion. – Aristotle

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

“I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.” – Aristotle

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Hope is a waking dream.”  – Aristotle

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.– Aristotle

“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” – Aristotle

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A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.” – Aristotle

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.” – Aristotle

No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.”  – Aristotle

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We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.” – Aristotle

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.” – Aristotle

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.” – Aristotle

Aristotle Quotes Love

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle

Aristotle Quotes Love

“No one loves the man whom he fears.” – Aristotle Quotes

Aristotle’s Quotes on Education

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

Aristotle's Quotes on Education

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” – Aristotle

“Those who educate children well are more to be honored than those who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” – Aristotle

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

aristotle quotes on education

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” – Aristotle

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“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” – Aristotle

“All men by nature desire knowledge.” – Aristotle

Aristotle’s Quotes on Life

“Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.” – Aristotle

Aristotle's Quotes on Life

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” – Aristotle

“The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.” – Aristotle

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle

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“Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” – Aristotle

Aristotle’s Quotes on Happiness

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

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