Aristotle Quotes on Ethics
Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed.
For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things
that can be known), and also it is the most continuous, because we are more capable of continuous contemplation than we are of any practical activity.
the good for man is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, or if there are more kinds of virtue than one, in accordance with the best and most perfect kind.
We are what We Repeatedly do
Aristotle Quotes on the Soul
The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore, the principles of the power of perception and the souls ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.
Aristotle Quotes on Politics
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
…one Greek city state had a fundamental law: anyone proposing revisions to the constitution did so with
a noose around his neck. If his proposal lost he was instantly hanged.
Man is by nature a political animal.
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.
Aristotle Quotes on Poetics
Comedy aims at representing men as worse, Tragedy as better than in actual life.
All human happiness or misery takes the form of action;
the end for which we live is a certain kind of action.
The plot, then, is the first principle, and, as it were, the
soul of a tragedy; Character holds the second place.
With respect to the requirement of art, the probable
impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.
Aristotle Quotes about Criticism
“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~ Aristotle
Aristotle Quotes on Separation of Powers
Separation of Powers is A Problem for Forging Police
Aristotle Quotes on Love
Wicked me obey from fear; good men, from love.
For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those
to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much.
The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved.
Aristotle Quotes about Youth
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Young people are in a condition like permanent
intoxication, because life is sweet and they are growing.
Aristotle Quotes about Success
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him
who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Aristotle Quotes about Democracy
Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal absolutely.
Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny.
No democracy can exist unless each of its citizens is as capable of outrage at injustice to another as he is of outrage at injustice to himself.
Aristotle Quotes Legally Blonde
On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise professor quoted Aristotle, the law is reason free from passion. Well…no offense to Aristotle, but in my 3 years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law…and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world. Remembering that first impressions are not always correct…You must always have faith in people, but, most importantly, you must always have faith…in yourself. Congratulations, Class of 2004!! WE DID IT!!
Aristotle Quotes about Life
It is best to rise from life as from
a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Aristotle Quotes on Emotional Intelligence
Anyone can be angry–that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree,
at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way–that is not easy. –Aristotle
Aristotle Quotes on Contentment
Happiness is self-contentedness.
Aristotle Quotes about Slavery
If the hammer and the shuttle could move themselves, slavery would be unnecessary.
There is nothing grand or noble in having the use of a slave, in so far as he is a slave; or in issuing commands about necessary things. But it is an error to suppose that every sort of rule is despotic like that of a master over slaves, for there is as great a difference between the rule over freemen and the rule over slaves as there is between slavery by nature and freedom by nature
The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it.
Money originated with royalty and slavery, it has nothing to do with
democracy or the struggle of the impoverished enslaved majority.
Aristotle Quotes Alexander the Great
It is no use putting to death the men you have conquered; for their land will, by the laws of nature, breed another generation which will be similar. The character of these men is determined by the nature of the air of their country and the waters they habitually drink. The best course for you is to accept them as they are, and to seek to accommodate them to your concepts by winning them over through kindness
Aristotle Quotes on habit
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle Quotes on Marriage
“The Ideal age for marriage in men is 35. The Ideal age for marriage in women is 18”
Aristotle Quotes on Goodness
men, for this alone gives the study its practical value — we must apply our minds to the solution of the problems of conduct.
Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be, and similarly
everything that depends on art or any rational cause, and especially if it depends on the best of all causes.
There are, then, these three means of effecting persuasion. The man who is to be in command of them must, it is clear, be able (1) to reason logically, (2) to understand human character and goodness in their various forms, and (3) to understand the emotions–that is, to name them and describe them, to know their causes and the way in which they are excited
other’s influence). But the friendship of the good is good, and increases in goodness because of their association. They seem even to become better men by exercising their friendship and improving each other; for the traits that they admire in each other get transferred to themselves.
Aristotle Quotes on Rhetoric
easy to persuade them by the employment of such knowledge. For scientific discourse is concerned with instruction, but in the case of such persons instruction is impossible.
The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
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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.
Rhetoric is the counterpart of logic; since both are conversant with subjects of such a nature as it is the business of all to have a certain knowledge of, and which belong to no distinct science. Wherefore all men in some way participate of both; since all, to a certain extent, attempt, as well to sift, as to maintain an argument; as well to defend themselves, as to impeach.