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Top 50 Aristotle Quotes on Life, Education, Love & Democracy

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For centuries, people have been studying the work of ancient philosophers to gain insight into various aspects of life. Our modern society functions on the ideas and work of scholars who have paved the way with their unparalleled thinking.

Among them is Aristotle, one of the most influential intellectual figures of western history.

Aristotle is regarded as the father of logic, and is also known for his contributions to ethics and virtues, education, politics, and for studying the philosophy of the mind, or psychology as we refer to it today.

As a teacher, Aristotle shared his wisdom and yearned for his students to adopt his philosophy and think more deeply. Many of his writings and ideologies are still referenced today.

Below are 50 Aristotle quotes to help ground you when you are needing some direction or to just clear your mind and focus on the positives of life.

Philosophical Aristotle Quotes On A Well Examined Life

1.) “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle


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


3.) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”. – Aristotle


4.) “There is no genius without some touch of madness.” – Aristotle


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


6.) “It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely.’ Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from common knowledge and draw obvious conclusions.” ― AristotleThe Rhetoric & The Poetics of Aristotle


7.) “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life: the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle


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


9.) “Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.” – Aristotle


Aristotle Quotes On Life and Happiness


10.) “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” – Aristotle


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


12.) “Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one’s life in order to amuse oneself” ― AristotleThe Nicomachean Ethics


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


14.) “Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.” – Aristotle


15.) “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”. – Aristotle


16.) “We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle


17.) “The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. If Eudaimonia, or happiness, is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence; and this will be that of the best thing in us.”  ― AristotleThe Nicomachean Ethics


18.) “Whoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.” – Aristotle


19.) “Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

Thoughtful Aristotle Quotes On Mindset

Insightful Aristotle quotes to help grow your mindset.

20.) “Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.” – Aristotle


21.) “Now since shame is a mental picture of disgrace, in which we shrink from the disgrace itself and not from its consequences, and we only care what opinion is held of us because of the people who form that opinion, it follows that the people before whom we feel shame are those whose opinion of us matters to us.”
― AristotleThe Rhetoric & The Poetics of Aristotle


22.) “Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.” – Aristotle


23.) “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle


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


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


26.) “The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” – Aristotle


27.) “The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.” – Aristotle


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


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

Aristotle Quotes On Goals and Success

30.) “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” – Aristotle


31.) “Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” – Aristotle


32.) “It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.” – Aristotle


33.) “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.” – Aristotle


34.) “It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.” – Aristotle


35.) “Wit is educated insolence. – Aristotle


36.) “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. – Aristotle


37.) “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle


38.) “The soul never thinks without a picture.” – Aristotle


39.) “A friend to all is a friend to none.” – Aristotle


40.) “The law is reason, free from passion.” – Aristotle

Best Aristotle Quotes On Courage and Fear

Here are some beautiful Aristotle quotes to instill courage in you and help you overcome fear.

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


42.) “Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.” – Aristotle


43.) “Bad people…are in conflict with themselves; they desire one thing and will another, like the incontinent who choose harmful pleasures instead of what they themselves believe to be good.”
 AristotleNicomachean Ethics


44.) “All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established.” – Aristotle


45.) “We acquire a particular quality by acting in a particular way.” – Aristotle


46.) “All proofs rest on premises.” – Aristotle


47.) “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” – Aristotle


48.) “The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.” – Aristotle


49.) “The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.” – Aristotle


50.) “Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.” – Aristotle

Top Aristotle Quotes About Life, Nature and Love

51.) “The actuality of thought is life.” – Aristotle


52.) “Nature does nothing in vain.” – Aristotle


53.) “Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.” – Aristotle


54.) “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle


55.) “To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.” – Aristotle


56.) “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way… you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.” ― Aristotle


57.) “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”― Aristotle


58.) “It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed of an inability to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of an inability to defend himself with speech and reason; for the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.” ― AristotleThe Rhetoric & The Poetics of Aristotle


Which Aristotle quote is your favorite?

We can often gain great wisdom from the work and thinking of those who came before us. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Aristotle have laid the foundation for modern reasoning and their studies are used as a guide through troubling times. Refer back to these philosophical quotes as a gentle reminder to live a happier and more fulfilled life. What are some of your favorite Aristotle quotes that inspire you?

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