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#3730 Aristotle

Quotations from Aristotle are often cited by , which are keyed to the original Greek and therefore independent of the translation used. .

Aristotle Quotes about end
#3731 Aristotle

He who has overcome hiswill truly be . .

Aristotle Quotes about will
#3732 Aristotle

Misfortune shows those who are not really . .

Aristotle Quotes about real
#3733 Aristotle

Inthings ofthere is something of the marvelous. .

#3734 Aristotle

We should venture on the study of every kind ofwithout distaste; for each and all will reveal to us something natural and something . .

Aristotle Quotes about will
#3735 Aristotle

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

Aristotle Quotes about men
#3736 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 Quotes about character
#3737 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 Quotes about time
#3738 Aristotle

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. .

Aristotle Quotes about love
#3739 Aristotle

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. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3740 Aristotle

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. .

Aristotle Quotes about science
#3741 Aristotle

The single harmony produced by all the heavenly bodies singing and dancing together springs from one source and ends by achieving one purpose, and has rightly bestowed the name not of "disordered" but of "ordered universe" upon the whole. .

Aristotle Quotes about purpose
#3742 Aristotle

If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3743 Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician scientific proofs. .

Aristotle Quotes about nature
#3744 Aristotle

The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3745 Aristotle

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. .

Aristotle Quotes about truth
#3746 Aristotle

For just as for a flute-player, a sculptor, or an artist, and, in general, for all things that have a function or activity, the good and the well is thought to reside in the function, so would it seem to be for man, if he has a function. .

Aristotle Quotes about art
#3747 Aristotle

If ... we state the function of man to be a certain kind of life, and this to be an activity or actions of the soul implying a rational principle, and the function of a good man to be the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed when it is performed in accordance with the appropriate excellence ... human good turns out to be activity of the soul in accordance with virtue, and if there are more than one virtue, in accordance with the best and most complete. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3748 Aristotle

One swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. .

Aristotle Quotes about time
#3749 Aristotle

For some identify happiness with virtue, some with practical wisdom, others with a kind of philosophic wisdom, others with these, or one of these, accompanied by pleasure or not without pleasure; while others include also external prosperity. Now ... it is not probable that these should be entirely mistaken, but rather that they should be right in at least some one respect or even in most respects. .

Aristotle Quotes about wisdom
#3750 Aristotle

For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant.... Now for most men their pleasures are in conflict with one another because these are not by nature pleasant, but the lovers of what is noble find pleasant the things that are by nature pleasant; and virtuous actions are such... Happiness then is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing in the world, and these attributes are not severed as in the inscription at Delos: Most noble is that which is justest, and best is health; but pleasantest is it to win what we love. .

Aristotle Quotes about love
#3751 Aristotle

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. To entrust to chance what is greatest and most noble would be a very defective arrangement. .

Aristotle Quotes about art
#3752 Aristotle

The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow. .

Aristotle Quotes about man
#3753 Aristotle

May not we then confidently pronounce that man happy who realizes complete goodness in action, and is adequately furnished with external goods? Or should we add, that he must also be destined to go on living not for any casual period but throughout a complete lifetime in the same manner, and to die accordingly, because the future is hidden from us, and we conceive happiness as an end, something utterly and absolutely final and complete? If this is so, we shall pronounce those of the living who possess and are destined to go on possessing the good things we have specified to be supremely blessed, though on the human scale of bliss. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3754 Aristotle

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

Aristotle Quotes about learn
#3755 Aristotle

For legislators make the citizens good by forming habits in them, and this is the wish of every legislator, and those who do not effect it miss their mark, and it is in this that a good constitution differs from a bad one. .

Aristotle Quotes about good
#3756 Aristotle

It is well said, then, that it is by doing just acts that the just man is produced, and by doing temperate acts the temperate man; without doing these no one would have even a prospect of becoming good. But most people do not do these, but take refuge in theory and think they are being philosophers and will become good in this way, behaving somewhat like patients who listen attentively to their doctors, but do none of the things they are ordered to do. .

Aristotle Quotes about people
#3757 Aristotle

Again, it is possible to fail in many ways (for evil belongs to the class of the unlimited ... and good to that of the limited), while to succeed is possible only in one way (for which reason also one is easy and the other difficult—to miss the mark easy, to hit it difficult); for these reasons also, then, excess and defect are characteristic of vice, and the mean of virtue; For men are good in but one way, but bad in many. .

Aristotle Quotes about men
#3758 Aristotle

The vices respectively fall short of or exceed what is right in both passions and actions, while virtue both finds and chooses that which is intermediate. .

Aristotle Quotes about passion
#3759 Aristotle

In cases of this sort, let us say adultery, rightness and wrongness do not depend on committing it with the right woman at the right time and in the right manner, but the mere fact of committing such action at all is to do wrong. .

Aristotle Quotes about time
#3760 Aristotle

Any one can get angry — that is easy — or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy. .

Aristotle Quotes about time
#3761 Aristotle

We must as second best, as people say, take the least of the evils. .

Aristotle Quotes about people
#3762 Aristotle

Therefore only an utterly senseless person can fail to know that our characters are the result of our conduct. .

Aristotle Quotes about character
#3763 Aristotle

Change in all things is sweet.Remark: While this quote is known as Aristotle's, he didn't proposed as his own saying, but as a citation from the other author. The full text is: But 'change in all things is sweet', as the poet says, because of some vice. .

Aristotle Quotes about change
#3764 Aristotle

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

Aristotle Quotes about friends
#3765 Aristotle

When people are friends, they have no need of justice, but when they are just, they need friendship in addition. .

Aristotle Quotes about friendship
#3766 Aristotle

After these matters we ought perhaps next to discuss pleasure. For it is thought to be most intimately connected with our human nature, which is the reason why in educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain; it is thought, too, that to enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on virtue of character. For these things extend right through life, with a weight and power of their own in respect both to virtue and to the happy life, since men choose what is pleasant and avoid what is painful; and such things, it will be thought, we should least of all omit to discuss, especially since they admit of much dispute. .

Aristotle Quotes about life
#3767 Aristotle

And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace. .

Aristotle Quotes about happiness
#3769 Aristotle

is bya. .

Aristotle Quotes about ya
#3770 Aristotle

does nothing uselessly. .

#3771 Aristotle

Further, the state is by nature clearly prior to theand to the , since the whole is ofprior to the part; for example, if the whole body be destroyed, there will be no foot or , except in an equivocal sense, as we might speak of a stone hand; for when destroyed the hand will be no better than that. But things are defined by theirand ; and we ought not to say that they are the same when they no longer have their proper quality, but only that they have the same .[] .

Aristotle Quotes about art
#3772 Aristotle

Thethat the state is a creation ofand prior to theis that the individual, when isolated, is not self-sufficing; and therefore he is like a part in relation to the whole.[] .

Aristotle Quotes about art
#3773 Aristotle

He who is unable to live in , or who has nobecause he is sufficient for himself, must be either aor a . .

Aristotle Quotes about self
#3774 Aristotle

Man, when perfected, is the best of , but when separated fromand , he is the worst of all. .

Aristotle Quotes about perfect
#3775 Aristotle

was intended to be used in exchange, but not to increase at interest. And this term interest, which means theof money from money, is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth this is the most unnatural. .

Aristotle Quotes about change
#3776 Aristotle

Men ... are easily induced tothat in some wonderful manner everybody will become everybody's , especially when some one is heard denouncing thenow existing in states, suits about contracts, convictions for perjury, flatteries of rich men and the like, which are said to arise out of the possession of private property. These evils, however, are due to a very different cause — the wickedness of human . .

Aristotle Quotes about men
#3777 Aristotle

One would have thought that it was even moreto limit population than property; and that the limit should be fixed by calculating the chances of mortality in the children, and of sterility in married persons. The neglect of this subject, which in existing states is so common, is a never-failing cause of poverty among the citizens; and poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. .

Aristotle Quotes about children
#3778 Aristotle

It is of the nature ofnot to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. .

Aristotle Quotes about nature
#3779 Aristotle

Again, men in general desire the , and not merely what their fathers had. .

Aristotle Quotes about men
#3780 Aristotle

Even whenhave been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. .


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