Quality is not an act | Aristotle, 384-322 BC

Aristotle, head of Roman statue, copy after Hellenistic original, c. 320 BC



The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. 

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. 

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. 

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. 

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. 

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. 

To perceive is to suffer.

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. 

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. 

The end of labor is to gain leisure. 

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. 

To lead an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.

There is no great genius without some touch of madness. 

Excellence is never an accident. 


Charles Jean Marie Degeorge, The Youth of Aristotle, 1875


The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. 

A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. 

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

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. 

Wit is educated insolence. 

Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. 

Anger Is A Gift.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

They who love in excess also hate in excess.

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. 

Nature does nothing in vain. 

Nature abhors a vacuum.


Charles Jean Marie Degeorge, The Youth of Aristotle, 1875


The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.

Law is mind without reason. 

Evil brings men together.

We become brave by doing brave acts.

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence. 

Most people would rather give than get affection. 

No one loves the man whom he fears. 

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.

Happiness is a state of activity.

Hope is a waking dream.

Memory is the scribe of the soul

The energy of the mind is the essence of life.

The secret to humor is surprise. 


Aristotle, 384-322 BC


Aristotle Park, Stagira (Akanthos), Greece 


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