Aristotle Quotes

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Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek (western) philosopher. He was the teacher of Alexander the Great. He was a well-known writer of that time his favorite topics were physics, poetry, theater, politics, zoology and logic. Metaphysics and music and rhetoric were the main topics of his literature. He created system of philosophy, logic and science. Like his teacher Aristotle’s philosophy was based on the universe. This was the main reason that he went too far in search of laws of universe. He was the one of the respectful philosopher at that time. Due to efforts made by the great western philosopher the study of all topics of science are respectable.

Poetic Quotes by Aristotle
A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action … with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.

A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end.

But the greatest thing by far is to have a command of metaphor. This alone cannot be imparted by another; it is the mark of genius, for to make good metaphors implies an eye for resemblances.

For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.

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

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


Metaphysics Quotes by Aristotle
All men by nature desire knowledge…

All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer sight to almost everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.

If, then, God is always in that good state in which we sometimes are, this compels our wonder; and if in a better this compels it yet more. And God is in a better state. And life also belongs to God; for the actuality of thought is life, and God is that actuality; and God’s self-dependent actuality is life most good and eternal.

Those who assert that the mathematical sciences say nothing of the beautiful or the good are in error. For these sciences say and prove a great deal about them; if they do not expressly mention them, but prove attributes which are their results or definitions, it is not true that they tell us nothing about them. The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.


More Aristotle Quotes and Quotations
A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Bad men are full of repentance.

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.

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

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

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

In modern times there are opposing views about the practice of education. There is no general agreement about what the young should learn either in relation to virtue or in relation to the best life; nor is it clear whether their education ought to be directed more towards the intellect than towards the character of the soul…. And it is not certain whether training should be directed at things useful in life, or at those conducive to virtue, or at non-essentials…. And there is no agreement as to what in fact does tend towards virtue. Men do not all prize most highly the same virtue, so naturally they differ also about the proper training for it.

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.

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

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.

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.

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty— excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable— should persist after the beauty was gone.

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.

The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire— the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale— and that alone can guide.

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

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

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.


  • urlser said:

    The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.

  • ranoo said:

    Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

  • amber said:

    In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

  • poker said:

    The trade of the petty usurer is hated with most reason: it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it from the process which currency was meant to serve. Their common characteristic is obviously their sordid avarice.

  • nequo said:

    The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

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