Aristotle Quotes & Wallpapers

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The body is most fully developed from thirty to thirty-five years of age, the mind at about forty-nine. Aristotle

Adoration is made out of a solitary soul occupying two bodies. Aristotle

But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul. Aristotle

When the citizens at large administer the state for the common interest, the government is called by the generic name - a constitution. Aristotle

The citizens begin by giving up some part of the constitution, and so with greater ease the government change something else which is a little more important, until they have undermined the whole fabric of the state. Aristotle

The same things are best both for individuals and for states, and these are the things which the legislator ought to implant in the minds of his citizens. Aristotle

Now the greatest external good we should assume to be the thing which we offer as a tribute to the gods, and which is most coveted by men of high station, and is the prize awarded for the noblest deeds; and such a thing is honor, for honor is clearly the greatest of external goods. Aristotle

The state or political community, which is the highest of all, and which embraces all the rest, aims at good in a greater degree than any other, and at the highest good. Aristotle

There are three qualifications required in those who have to fill the highest offices, - (1) first of all, loyalty to the established constitution; (2) the greatest administrative capacity; (3) virtue and justice of the kind proper to each form of government. Aristotle

Neither should we forget the mean, which at the present day is lost sight of in perverted forms of government; for many practices which appear to be democratical are the ruin of democracies, . . Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle

It must not be supposed that happiness will demand many or great possessions; for self-sufficiency does not depend on excessive abundance, nor does moral conduct, and it is possible to perform noble deeds even without being ruler of land and sea: one can do virtuous acts with quite moderate resources. This may be clearly observed in experience: private citizens do not seem to be less but more given to doing virtuous actions than princes and potentates. It is sufficient then if moderate resources are forthcoming; for a life of virtuous activity will be essentially a happy life. Aristotle

Most men appear to think that the art of despotic government is statesmanship, and what men affirm to be unjust and inexpedient in their own case they are not ashamed of practicing towards others; they demand just rule for themselves, but where other men are concerned they care nothing about it. Such behavior is irrational; unless the one party is, and the other is not, born to serve, in which case men have a right to command, not indeed all their fellows, but only those who are intended to be subjects; just as we ought not to hunt mankind, whether for food or sacrifice . . Aristotle

Laws, when good, should be supreme; and that the magistrate or magistrates should regulate those matters only on which the laws are unable to speak with precision owing to the difficulty of any general principle embracing all particulars. Aristotle

Two characteristic marks have above all others been recognized as distinguishing that which has soul in it from that which has not - movement and sensation. Aristotle

All food must be capable of being digested, and that what produces digestion is warmth; that is why everything that has soul in it possesses warmth. Aristotle

There are two distinctive peculiarities by reference to which we characterize the soul (1) local movement and (2) thinking, discriminating, and perceiving. Thinking both speculative and practical is regarded as akin to a form of perceiving; for in the one as well as the other the soul discriminates and is cognizant of something which is. Aristotle

We have divided the Virtues of the Soul into two groups, the Virtues of the Character and the Virtues of the Intellect. Aristotle

[Prudence] is the virtue of that part of the intellect [the calculative] to which it belongs; and . . . our choice of actions will not be right without Prudence any more than without Moral Virtue, since, while Moral Virtue enables us to achieve the end, Prudence makes us adopt the right means to the end. Aristotle

A human being is a naturally political [animal]. Aristotle

Evil brings men together. Aristotle

Have a definite, clear, practical ideal - a goal, an objective. Aristotle

Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold Aristotle

It is a part of probability that many improbable things will happen. Aristotle

And this lies in the nature of things: What people are potentially is revealed in actuality by what they produce. Aristotle

Nothing is what rocks dream about Aristotle

Everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it. Aristotle

It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to be distressed and annonyed at everything. Moreover the small-minded man is the sort of person to call all slights an insult and dishonor, even those that are due to ignorance or forgetfulness. Small-mindedness is accompanied by pettiness, querulousness, pessimism and self-abasement. Aristotle

Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it; People become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarily, we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones. Aristotle

Friendship is a thing most necessary to life, since without friends no one would choose to live, though possessed of all other advantages. Aristotle

The actuality of thought is life. Aristotle

Demonstration is also something necessary, because a demonstration cannot go otherwise than it does, ... And the cause of this lies with the primary premises/principles. Aristotle

The final cause, then, produces motion through being loved. Aristotle

The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection are that a thing is your own and that it is your only one. Aristotle

It is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician demonstrative proofs. Aristotle

A courageous person is one who faces fearful things as he ought and as reason directs for the sake of what is noble. Aristotle

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. Aristotle

Even the best of men in authority are liable to be corrupted by passion. We may conclude then that the law is reason without passion, and it is therefore preferable to any individual. Aristotle

A friend is another I. Aristotle

If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature. Aristotle

In order to be effective you need not only virtue but also mental strength. Aristotle

Melancholy men of all others are most witty, which causeth many times a divine ravishment, and a kinde of Enthusiasmus, which stirreth them up to bee excellent Philosophers, Poets, Prophets, etc. Aristotle

If you see a man approaching with the obvious intent of doing you good, run for your life. Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come. Aristotle

The true friend of the people should see that they be not too poor, for extreme poverty lowers the character of the democracy. Aristotle

It is no part of a physician's business to use either persuasion or compulsion upon the patients. Aristotle

Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Exempt are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love. Aristotle

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. Aristotle

Teachers, who educate children, deserve more honour than parents, who merely gave them birth; for the latter provided mere life, while the former ensure a good life. Aristotle

It would be wrong to put friendship before the truth. Aristotle

When several villages are united in a single complete community, large enough to be nearly or quite self-sufficing, the state comes into existence, originating in the bare needs of life, and continuing in existence for the sake of a good life. Aristotle

Art is identical with a state of capacity to make, involving a true course of reasoning. Aristotle

Either a beast or a god. Aristotle

A very populous city can rarely, if ever, be well governed. Aristotle

As often as we do good, we offer sacrifices to God. Aristotle

When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end. Aristotle

The man with a host of friends who slaps on the back everybody he meets is regarded as the friend of nobody. Aristotle

He who confers a benefit on anyone loves him better than he is beloved. Aristotle

Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle

Anaximenes and Anaxagoras and Democritus say that its [the earth's] flatness is responsible for it staying still: for it does not cut the air beneath but covers it like a lid, which flat bodies evidently do: for they are hard to move even for the winds, on account of their resistance. Aristotle

If there is any kind of animal which is female and has no male separate from it, it is possible that this may generate a young one from itself. No instance of this worthy of any credit has been observed up to the present at any rate, but one case in the class of fishes makes us hesitate. No male of the so-called erythrinus has ever yet been seen, but females, and specimens full of roe, have been seen. Of this, however, we have as yet no proof worthy of credit. Aristotle

Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. Aristotle

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

Humility is a flower which does not grow in everyone's garden. Aristotle

Happiness, then, is co-extensive with contemplation, and the more people contemplate, the happier they are; not incidentally, but in virtue of their contemplation, because it is in itself precious. Thus happiness is a form of contemplation. Aristotle

Those that deem politics beneath their dignity are doomed to be governed by those of lesser talents. Aristotle

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. Aristotle

The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest. Aristotle

It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil. Aristotle

For the real difference between humans and other animals is that humans alone have perception of good and evil, just and unjust, etc. It is the sharing of a common view in these matters that makes a household and a state. Aristotle

.. for desire is like a wild beast, and anger perverts rulers and the very best of men. Hence law is intelligence without appetition. Aristotle

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. 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

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