79 Aristotle Quotes That Will Awake Your Intellect

Aristotle was born in 384 BC in Stagira of Northern Greece. He was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. He is considered the ‘Father of Western Philosophy’ along with Plato. In general, there is not much information available about his life but it is said that at the age of 17 or 18 Aristotle moved to Athens to carry on his studies in Plato’s  Academy. He studied and wrote various subjects there including physics, biology, zoology, logic, ethics, poetry, theatre, economics etc. and these subjects are even reflected in his writings and quotes by Aristotle.

After Plato’s death, he left the academy because he was disappointed by the ways Plato’s nephew carried on the culture over there. His notable works include Aristotelian Philosophy, Syllogism, Theory of the Soul, Virtue Ethics and many more. Aristotle quotes and ideas are still an inspiration for modern age philosophers like and artists. One among them was Thomas Aquinas who followed his ideas and spread a wave of optimism throughout the world. Here are the best Aristotle quotes to awaken your intellect.

1. Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. – Aristotle

2. 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

3. The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Aristotle

4. Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. – Aristotle

5. Happiness depends upon ourselves. – Aristotle

6. Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. – Aristotle

7. To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do. – Aristotle

8. Men acquire particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. – Aristotle

9. Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotism. – Aristotle

10. Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. – Aristotle

11. Love is composed of single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

12. To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. – Aristotle

13. Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. – Aristotle

14. Hope is a waking dream. – Aristotle

15. Poetry demands a man with a special gift for it, or else one with a touch of madness in him. – Aristotle

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16. Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. – Aristotle

17. The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. – Aristotle

18. Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. – Aristotle

19. Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. – Aristotle

20. The actuality of thought is life. – Aristotle

21. We make war that we may live in peace. – Aristotle

22. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Aristotle

23. Through discipline comes freedom. – Aristotle

24. Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. – Aristotle

25. The secret to humor is surprise. – Aristotle

26. The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it. – Aristotle

27. The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse. – Aristotle

28. Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. – Aristotle

29. A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. – Aristotle

30. The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. – Aristotle

31. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. – Aristotle

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

33. Change in all things is sweet. – Aristotle

34. The gods too are fond of a joke. – Aristotle

35. Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit. – Aristotle

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

37. It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions. – Aristotle

38. The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. – Aristotle

39. Every rascal is not a thief, but every thief is a rascal. – Aristotle

40. Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. – Aristotle

41. You will never do anything in the world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. – Aristotle

44. All men by nature desire knowledge. – Aristotle

45.  He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. – Aristotle

46. A friend to all is a friend to none. – Aristotle

47. There is no great genius without some touch of madness. – Aristotle

48. It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. – Aristotle

49. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. – Aristotle

50. Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love. – Aristotle

51. A constitution is the arrangement of magistrates in a state. – Aristotle

52. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. – Aristotle

53. The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement. – Aristotle

54. Happiness is activity. – Aristotle

55. Most people would rather give than get affection. – Aristotle

56. No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. – Aristotle

57. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. – Aristotle

58. Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions. – Aristotle

59. Each man judges well the things he knows. – Aristotle

60. We cannot learn without pain. – Aristotle quotes

61. We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. – Aristotle

62. The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. – Aristotle

63. Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons. – Aristotle

64. In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

65. Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle

66. Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. – Aristotle

67. Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. – Aristotle

68. At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

69. My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. – Aristotle

70. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle

71. 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

72. The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold. – Aristotle

73. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle

74. Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. – Aristotle

75. To love someone is to identify with them. – Aristotle

76. The energy of the mind is the essence of life. – Aristotle

77. This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. – Aristotle

78. Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life. – Aristotle

79. All human beings, by nature, desire to know. – Aristotle

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