Aristotle Quotes

Aristotle was an Ancient Greek philosopher in 384-322 BC

Aristotle’s definition of rhetoric, "The faculty of observing, in any given case, the available means of persuasion"

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

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them." ~ Aristotle

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

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

“The quality of life is determined by its activities.” ~ Aristotle

“Learning begins at the level of the learner.” ~ Aristotle

“We learn an art or craft by doing the things that we shall have to do when we have learnt it.” ~ Aristotle

“One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.” ~ Aristotle

“But what matters for questions of virtue and vice is whether your acts are not merely voluntary but also chosen.” ~ Aristotle

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

“It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor… the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting.” ~ Aristotle

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

“All human beings, by nature, desire to understand.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Education is the best provision for old age” ~ Aristotle

“The saddest of all tragedies - the wasted life” ~ Aristotle

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

“We cannot learn without pain.” ~ Aristotle

"People who want to go the right way must also be aware of wrong turns." ~ Aristotle

“For the activity of the mind is life” ~ Aristotle

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

“Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ~ Aristotle

“He who has many friends has no friends.” ~ Aristotle

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

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

“Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.” ~ Aristotle

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

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” ~ Aristotle

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

“It is also in the interests of the tyrant to make his subjects poor… the people are so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for plotting.” ~ Aristotle

“…to be learning something is the greatest of pleasures not only to the philosopher but also to the rest of mankind, however small their capacity for it; the reason of the delight in seeing the picture is that one is at the same time learning–gathering the meaning of things…” ~ Aristotle

“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.” ~ Aristotle