Aristotle Quotations

1.A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

2.A friend is a second self.

3.All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

4.All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

5.All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

6.Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

7.Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

8.Happiness depends upon ourselves.

9.Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

10.It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

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

12.It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.

13.Law is mind without reason.

14.A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.

15.A friend to all is a friend to none.

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

17.A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.

18.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.

19.A true friend is one soul in two bodies.

20.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.

21.Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon.

22.Education is the best provision for old age.

23.Hope is a waking dream.

24.I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

25.Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

26.What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

27.I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.

28.All men by nature desire knowledge.

29.For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.

30.It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.

31.One swallow does not make a summer.

32.Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.

33.To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.

34.To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

35.We make war that we may live in peace.

36.We must as second best...take the least of the evils.

37.With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.

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

39.In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.

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

41.Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.

42.A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.

43.Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.

44.Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.

45.He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

46.If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

47.It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

48.Law is order, and good law is good order.

49.Man is by nature a political animal.

50.Nature does nothing uselessly.