ARISTOTLE QUOTES

Greek philosopher (384 B.C. - 322 B.C.)

Aristotle quote

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

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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To become an able man in any profession, there are three things necessary -- nature, study, and practice.

ARISTOTLE, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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Wit is well-bred insolence.

ARISTOTLE, Rhetoric

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Law is order, and good law is good order.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out.

ARISTOTLE, Metaphysics

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Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

ARISTOTLE, attributed, Best Thoughts of Best Thinkers

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If you string together a set of speeches expressive of character, and well finished in point and diction and thought, you will not produce the essential tragic effect nearly so well as with a play which, however deficient in these respects, yet has a plot and artistically constructed incidents.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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Where perception is, there also are pain and pleasure, and where these are, there, of necessity, is desire.

ARISTOTLE, Physica

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The brave man, if he be compared with the coward, seems foolhardy; and, if with the foolhardy man, seems a coward.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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Dramatic action, therefore, is not with a view to the representation of character: character comes in as subsidiary to the actions.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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One can aim at honor both as one ought, and more than one ought, and less than one ought. He whose craving for honor is excessive is said to be ambitious, and he who is deficient in this respect unambitious; while he who observes the mean has no peculiar name.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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Nature does nothing uselessly.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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For the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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As for the story, whether the poet takes it ready made or constructs it for himself, he should first sketch its general outline, and then fill in the episodes and amplify in detail.

ARISTOTLE, Poetics

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Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.

ARISTOTLE, Politics

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Generally, about all perception, we can say that a sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet ring without the iron or gold.

ARISTOTLE, "On the Soul"

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Hope is a waking dream.

ARISTOTLE, attributed, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

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Confidence is the mark of a hopeful disposition.

ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics

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