Aristotle Ethics Quotes


To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character. Aristotle

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence. Aristotle

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way. Aristotle

Happiness does not lie in amusement; it would be strange if one were to take trouble and suffer hardship all one's life in order to amuse oneself. 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

Freedom is obedience to self-formulated rules. Aristotle

Philosophy can make people sick. Aristotle

Happiness, then, is found to be something perfect and self-sufficient, being the end to which our actions are directed. Aristotle

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Aristotle

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence. Aristotle

Everything that depends on the action of nature is by nature as good as it can be. Aristotle

With the truth, all given facts harmonize; but with what is false, the truth soon hits a wrong note. Aristotle

Happiness is an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue Aristotle

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

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

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

The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more. 1153a 23 Aristotle

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

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle

There's no such thing as business ethics; there's just ethics. And ethics makes no concessions for the real or imagined necessities of making a profit. Michael Josephson



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