Aristotle Quotes On Love, Education, Politics, Ethics, Democracy

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. He was the founder of the Lyceum and the Peripatetic school of philosophy and Aristotelian tradition. Along with his teacher Plato, he has been called the “Father of Western Philosophy”. This Aristotle quotes on education, democracy, soul, citizenship will motivate you in life.

Best Aristotle Quotes

  1. “Be a free thinker and don’t accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.” ~ Aristotle
  2. “Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.” ~ Aristotle
  3. “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.” ~ Aristotle
  4. “The most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself, the most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle
  5. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~ Aristotle, Aristotle quotes on education
  6. “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” ~ Aristotle

  7. “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.” ~ Aristotle
  8. “Criticism is something we can avoid easily
    by saying nothing, doing nothing,
    and being nothing.” ~ Aristotle
  9. “Only an armed people can be truly free. Only unarmed people can ever be enslaved.” ~ Aristotle
  10. Love is composed of single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ~ Aristotle, Aristotle quotes on love
  11. “Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances.” ~ Aristotle
  12. “Character is revealed through action.” ~ Aristotle
  13. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ~ Aristotle

  14. “Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit.” ~ Aristotle
  15. “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” ~ Aristotle
  16. “It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil.” ~ Aristotle
  17. “Think as the wise men think, but talk like the simple people do.” ~ Aristotle
  18. “Find the good. Seek Unity. Ignore the divisions among us.” ~ Aristotle
  19. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ~ Aristotle
  20. “No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” ~ Aristotle

  21. “Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.” ~ Aristotle
  22. “Teenagers these days are out of control. They eat like pigs, they are disrespectful of adults, they interrupt and contradict their parents, and they terrorize their teachers.” ~ Aristotle
  23. “The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.” ~ Aristotle
  24. “The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is.” ~ Aristotle
  25. “The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning.” ~ Aristotle
  26. “The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it.” ~ Aristotle

  27. “The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissension and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them the permanent need of a chief.” ~ Aristotle
  28. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” ~ Aristotle
  29. “It is not possible to rule well without having been ruled.” ~ Aristotle,  Aristotle quotes on politics
  30. “The fool tells me his reason; the wise man persuades me with my own.” ~ Aristotle
  31. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle
  32. “Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action.” ~ Aristotle
  33. “The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it” ~ Aristotle

  34. “Before you heal the body you must first heal the mind” ~ Aristotle
  35. “Health is a matter of choice, not a mystery of chance” ~ Aristotle
  36. “You are what you repeatedly do” ~ Aristotle
  37. “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” ~ Aristotle
  38. “We are what we repeatedly do… excellence, therefore, isn’t just an act, but a habit and life isn’t just a series of events, but an ongoing process of self-definition.” ~ Aristotle
  39. “The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.” ~ Aristotle
  40. “He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.” ~ Aristotle
  41. “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” ~ Aristotle

  42. “Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task, but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right manner, and at the right time.” ~ Aristotle
  43. “A goal gets us motivated, while a good habit keeps us stay motivated.” ~ Aristotle
  44. “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” ~ Aristotle
  45. “Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal absolutely.” ~ Aristotle, Aristotle quotes on democracy
  46. “The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want.” ~ Aristotle
  47. “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” ~ Aristotle
  48. “When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end.” ~ Aristotle
  49. “We are the sum of our actions, and therefore our habits make all the difference.” ~ Aristotle
  50. “The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learned from others, and it is also a sign of genius since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity of the dissimilar.” ~ Aristotle
  51. “A friend of everyone is a friend of no one.” ~ Aristotle
  52. “What you have to learn to do, you learn by doing.” ~ Aristotle

  53. “All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.” ~ Aristotle
  54. “The intelligence consists not only in the knowledge but also in the skill to apply the knowledge into practice.” ~ Aristotle
  55. “The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.” ~ Aristotle
  56. “You should never think without an image.” ~ Aristotle
  57. “Even some people try deceived me many times … I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust.” ~ Aristotle
  58. “The high-minded man does not bear grudges, for it is not the mark of a great soul to remember injuries, but to forget them.” ~ Aristotle

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