Aristotle Quotes

Wit is well-bred insolence.

Aristotle

The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great thingsand that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning.... All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything; they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.

Aristotle

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

Aristotle

Evils draw men together.

Aristotle

It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.

Aristotle

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

Aristotle

Just as it sometimes happens that deformed offspring are produced by deformed parents, and sometimes not, so the offspring produced by a female are sometimes female, sometimes not, but male, because the female is as it were a deformed male.

Aristotle

Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have.

Aristotle

Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend.

Aristotle

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.

Aristotle

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

Aristotle

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

Aristotle

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.

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I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream.

Aristotle

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