Inspirational Aristotle quotes

Inspirational Aristotle quotes

Aristotle (384BC – 322 BC) was one of the most influential Greek philosopher and Scientist. Aristotle was student of Plato. When he was 18 year’s old he joined Plato’s academy in Athens, and remained there until the age of 37. Aristotle was teacher of Alexander the great, and teaching Alexander gave him many opportunities in future. He was associated with many subjects such Physics, Biology, Ethics, Politics, Metaphysics, Logic, aesthetics, poetry, Philosophy, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, Zoology. Aristotle is one of the world’s most influential and inspirational personality.

Aristotle quotes are rich in Wisdom and contain interesting information. Reading Aristotle quotes can inspire and motivate you in life. Below is a list of Aristotle quotes from his most famous works.

Aristotle quotes
Aristotle quotes

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

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

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

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

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

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

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”

“Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing.”

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.”

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

“Through discipline comes freedom.”

“To perceive is to suffer.”

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

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

“Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.”

“Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.”

“To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.”

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

“All men by nature desire knowledge.”

“Nature does nothing uselessly.”

“Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.”

“Philosophy can make people sick.”

“The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later. ”

“Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

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

“A friend to all is a friend to none.”

“The basis of a democratic state is liberty.”

“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.”

“Man is by nature a political animal.”

“Tolerance and apathy are the last virtues of a dying society.”

“Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Except are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love.”

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

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

“Hope is a waking dream.”

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

“Wit is educated insolence.”

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

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

“Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.”

“It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.”

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

“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.”

“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

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

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

“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

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

“Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.”

“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.”

“Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”

“Happiness is a state of activity.”

“The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either.”

“Memory is the scribe of the soul.” – Aristotle quotes

“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 quotes

“He is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude.”

“We should venture on the study of every kind of animal without distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something beautiful.”

“Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.”

“We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace.”

“The Law is Reason free from Passion.”

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. ”

“It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”

“A friend is a second self.”

“If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.”

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

“Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.”

“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”

“We make war that we may live in peace.”

“We must be neither cowardly nor rash but courageous.”

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

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

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

“One swallow does not make a summer,
neither does one fine day;
similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

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

“I have gained this by philosophy … I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.”

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

“These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions … The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.”

“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.”

“Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”

“Democracy arose from man’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.”

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

“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.”

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

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

“For well-being and health, again, the homestead should be airy in summer, and sunny in winter. A homestead possessing these qualities would be longer than it is deep; and its main front would face the south.”

Aristotle quotes
Aristotle quotes
Aristotle quotes
Aristotle quotes


  1. Excellent Collection of quotes
    Your Blog is great, it’s a fantastic inspiration! Thank you for this 🙂


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  3. I do so enjoy a good quote and you seem to have many. I shall have to wander around you blog more…

    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I do hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Léa


    1. Thank you. 🙂
      This blog is all about motivational and inspirational reminders. 🙂


  4. A treasure house of good quotes! I will definitely return, when I need one. Thanks!


  5. Your blog is so helpful and inspiring! I love Aristotle quotes! Thank you also for liking my abstract writing; “Eyes Wide Open”!


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