Aristotle Quotes and Sayings

Aristotle Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)

The gods too are fond of a joke. ~Aristotle

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. ~Aristotle

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. ~Aristotle

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. ~Aristotle

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. ~Aristotle

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. ~Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible. ~Aristotle

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well. ~Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. ~Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. ~Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~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. ~Aristotle

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

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. ~Aristotle