Aristotle Quotes


Aristotle is one of the major Greek thinkers, with Plato.

His philosophical contribution and influence, from scholastic to Cartesianism, is enormous. Both student and opponent of Plato, Aristotle tried to cross all fields of thought from (logic to metaphysics through politics or rhetoric)

Far from exhausting his mind, here are some quotes by Aristotle to remember:

Aristotle, Politics and Friendship:

– “Man is a political animal”

– “He who can not live in society, or who needs nothing because he is sufficient unto itself, no part of the state, is a brute or a god”

– “Friendship is a form of equality comparable to justice. Each makes the other similar benefits to those he has received”

– “The main purpose of politics is to create friendship among members of the city”

– “The secret of business is to know something nobody else knows”

– “A friend is a second self”

Aristotle and Ethics:

– “The passion is not appropriate for all ages, but only to youth”

– “This is by righteousness that we become righteous practicing temperance, temperate; practicing courage, brave”

– “The human good is an activity of soul according to virtue”

– “Selfishness is not self-love, but an inordinate passion for self”

– “The well is not enough to be happy, but evil enough to make him unhappy”

– “Happiness is for those who are sufficient unto themselves”

– “The good is that toward which everything tends to be”

– “Happiness is an end in itself”

– “The happiness of life is assessed at the end of a life”

– “We must behave with friends as we would like them to behave with self”

– “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 and Knowledge:

– “Knowledge is remembering”

– “The ignorant says the learned doubt, the wise thinking”

– “We do not know if we ignore the real causes”

– “All men by nature desire knowledge”

Aristotle and time:

– “Time is the number of movement”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Aristotle Quotes, April 15, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, April 15, 2012,

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