Aristotle Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Aristotle quotes, Aristotle sayings, and Aristotle proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle
The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either. Aristotle
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle
The first principle of all action is leisure. Aristotle
It is during our darkest moments that ew must focus to see the light. Aristotle
Only the cunning needs excuses. Aristotle
These, then, are the four kinds of royalty. First the monarchy of the heroic ages; this was exercised over voluntary subjects, but limited to certain functions; the king was a general and a judge, and had the control of religion The second is that of the barbarians, which is a hereditary despotic government in accordance with law. A third is the power of the so-called Aesynmete or Dictator; this is an elective tyranny. The fourth is the Lacedaemonian, which is in fact a generalship, hereditary and perpetual. Aristotle
Magistrates rule by an established rotation; kings reign for life. Aristotle
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle
A body in motion can maintain this motion only if it remains in contact with a mover. Aristotle
Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind; the third on the proof, provided by the words of the speech itself. Aristotle
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle
It is the repeated performance of just and temperate actions that produces virtue. Aristotle
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. Aristotle
Practical life is not necessarily directed toward other people, as some think; and it is not the case that practical thoughts are only those which result from action for the sake of what ensues. On the contrary, much more practical are those mental activities and reflections which have their goal in themselves and take place for their own sake. Aristotle
The physician himself, if sick, actually calls in another physician, knowing that he cannot reason correctly if required to judge his own condition while suffering. Aristotle
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. Aristotle
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all other things in the world. Aristotle
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle
The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle
It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace. Aristotle
To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold. Aristotle
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Aristotle
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. Aristotle
What is a friend? A single sould dwelling in two bodie. Aristotle
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. Aristotle
He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. Aristotle
Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honor than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life. Aristotle