Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics. - Wikipedia
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
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.
The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
We make war that we may live in peace.
My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Bad men are full of repentance.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
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.
No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
The secret to humor is surprise.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
One swallow does not make a summer.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
The gods too are fond of a joke.
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.
Man is by nature a political animal.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Wit is educated insolence.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.
A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.
Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
They should rule who are able to rule best.
It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.
Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.
To perceive is to suffer.
We must as second best...take the least of the evils.
Law is mind without reason.
All men by nature desire knowledge.
In the arena of human life the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities.
A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility.
Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
Ask a deeply religious Christian if he'd rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don't seem so bad lately.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Wretched, ephemeral race, children of chance and tribulation, why do you force me to tell you the very thing which it would be most profitable for you not to hear? The very best thing is utterly beyond your reach: not to have been born, not to be, to be nothing. However, the second best thing for you is: to die soon.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.
To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.
Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way.
The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.
Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.
Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins.
Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
Happiness does not consist in self-love.
A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.
Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.
To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.
Law is order, and good law is good order.
Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.