Aristotle Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Aristotle quotes and Aristotle sayings, and Aristotle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidiki, in the north of Classical Greece. Along with Plato, Aristotle is considered the "Father of Western Philosophy", which inherited almost its entire lexicon from his teachings, including problems and methods of inquiry, so influencing almost all forms of knowledge.

"Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully."

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

"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."

"Law is mind without reason."

"Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence."

"Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit."

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

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

"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."

"No one loves the man whom he fears."

"It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world."

"Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last."

"We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him."

"Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so."

"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."

"But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul."

"Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim."

"Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal."

"No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world."

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

"Most people would rather give than get affection."

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

"The gods too are fond of a joke."

"The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold."

"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."

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."

"To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world."

"It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully."

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

"Misfortune shows those who are not really friends."

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