AristotleAristotle, (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher

False Aristotle Quote

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit”

~ Aristotle

Misattributed to Aristotle. Actually a quote from Will Durant in The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers (1926), Ch. II: Aristotle and Greek Science; part VII: Ethics and the Nature of Happiness. The misattribution is from taking Durant's summation of Aristotle's ideas as being the words of Aristotle himself.

Ratings and Comments

Colin, Arena WI

This quote is not from Aristotle. It's from Will Durant paraphrasing Aristotle. It's a fine quote, but it's not the sort of thing Aristotle would say - it's poetic; it's not strictly logical. Suppose we repeatedly do courageous actions. Does that make us "courageous actions"? No, it makes us courageous. That may sound like a nitpicky distinction, but when it comes to nitpicky distinctions, I learned from the best: Aristotle.

jim k, Austin

"Winning is a habit, unfortunately so is losing". Vince Lombardi

E Archer, NYC

Garbage in, garbage out. ;-)

cal, Lewisville, Tx

Practice makes perfect.

Mike, Norwalk

Any value given this quote would have to be with a defining limited scope.

Ronw13, Oregon

Aristotle could not see beyond self, therefore his limited view. 


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