149+ Best Atticus Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Powerful collection of profoundly inspirational Atticus quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Atticus Quotes

Beauty is the gift of God. – Atticus

The hardest victory is the victory over self. – Atticus

Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. – Atticus

Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine ACTIONS than in the non-performance of base ones. – Atticus

Intuition is the source of scientific knowledge. – Atticus

Suppose, then, that all men were sick or deranged, save one or two of them who were healthy and of right mind. It would then be the latter two who would be thought to be sick and deranged and the former not! – Atticus

Moral virtue is … a mean between two vices, that of excess and that of defect, and … it is no small task to hit the mean in each case, as it is not, for example, any chance comer, but only the geometer, who can find the center of a given circle. – Atticus

Reason is a light that God has kindled in the soul. – Atticus

It is not sufficient to know what one ought to say, but one must also know how to say it. – Atticus

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Atticus

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Atticus

The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think. – Atticus

There is simple ignorance, which is the source of lighter offenses, and double ignorance, which is accompanied by a conceit of wisdom. – Atticus

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal, a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends, wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. – Atticus

The proof that you know something is that you are able to teach it – Atticus

Patience s bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Atticus

All men seek one goal: success or happiness. – Atticus

Justice is the loveliest and health is the best. but the sweetest to obtain is the heart’s desire. – Atticus

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. – Atticus

But a man’s best friend is the one who not only wishes him well but wishes it for his own sake (even though nobody will ever know it): and this condition is best fulfilled by his attitude towards himself – and similarly with all the other attributes that go to define a friend. For we have said before that all friendly feelings for others are extensions of a man’s feelings for himself. – Atticus

It would be wrong to put friendship before the truth. – Atticus

The character which results from wealth is that of a prosperous fool. – Atticus

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

Our feelings towards our friends reflect our feelings towards ourselves. – Atticus

For good is simple, evil manifold. – Atticus

You should never think without an image. – Atticus

Thus every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite. – Atticus

Happiness is the utilization of one’s talents along lines of excellence. – Atticus

Greatness of Soul seems therefore to be as it were a crowning ornament of the virtues; it enhances their greatness, and it cannot exist without them. Hence it is hard to be truly great-souled, for greatness of soul is impossible without moral nobility. – Atticus

When there is no middle class, and the poor greatly exceed in number, troubles arise, and the state soon comes to an end. – Atticus

A gentleman is not disturbed by anything – Atticus

Even that some people try deceived me many times … I will not fail to believe that somewhere, someone deserves my trust. – Atticus

Be a free thinker and don’t accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in. – Atticus

Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice. – Atticus

We are the sum of our actions, and therefore our habits make all the difference. – Atticus

Hope is a waking dream. – Atticus

Greatness of spirit is accompanied by simplicity and sincerity. – Atticus

Greatness of spirit is to bear finely both good fourtune and bad, honor and disgrace, and not to think highly of luxury or attention or power or victories in contests, and to possess a certain depth and magnitude of spirit. – Atticus

If then, as we say, good craftsmen look to the mean as they work, and if virtue, like nature, is more accurate and better than any form of art, it will follow that virtue has the quality of hitting the mean. I refer to moral virtue [not intellectual], for this is concerned with emotions and actions, in which one can have excess or deficiency or a due mean. – Atticus

To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man. – Atticus

Every man should be responsible to others, nor should any one be allowed to do just as he pleases; for where absolute freedom is allowed, there is nothing to restrain the evil which is inherent in every man. – Atticus

The purpose of the present study is not as it is in other inquiries, the attainment of knowledge, we are not conducting this inquiry in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, else there would be no advantage in studying it. For that reason, it becomes necessary to examine the problem of our actions and to ask how they are to be performed. For as we have said, the actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed. – Atticus

All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right, and not what is established. – Atticus

All teaching and all intellectual learning come about from already existing knowledge. – Atticus

For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one’s strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases and preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues. This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended. – Atticus

It must not be supposed that happiness will demand many or great possessions; for self-sufficiency does not depend on excessive abundance, nor does moral conduct, and it is possible to perform noble deeds even without being ruler of land and sea: one can do virtuous acts with quite moderate resources. This may be clearly observed in experience: private citizens do not seem to be less but more given to doing virtuous actions than princes and potentates. It is sufficient then if moderate resources are forthcoming; for a life of virtuous activity will be essentially a happy life. – Atticus

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. – Atticus

Through discipline comes freedom. – Atticus

The soul suffers when the body is diseased or traumatized, while the body suffers when the soul is ailing. – Atticus

Of ill-temper there are three kinds: irascibility, bitterness, sullenness. It belongs to the ill-tempered man to be unable to bear either small slights or defeats but to be given to retaliation and revenge, and easily moved to anger by any chance deed or word. Ill-temper is accompanied by excitability of character, instability, bitter speech, and liability to take offence at trifles and to feel these feelings quickly and on slight occasions. – Atticus

He overcomes a stout enemy who overcomes his own anger. – Atticus

We give up leisure in order that we may have leisure, just as we go to war in order that we may have peace. – Atticus

Self-sufficiency is both a good and an absolute good. – Atticus

Character is revealed through action. – Atticus

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Atticus

Maybe crying is a means of cleaning yourself out emotionally. Or maybe it’s your last resort; the only way to express yourself when words fail, the same as when you were a baby and had no words. – Atticus

Love is the cause of unity in all things. – Atticus

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. – Atticus

Moral qualities are so constituted as to be destroyed by excess and by deficiency . . . – Atticus

To the size of the state there is a limit, as there is to plants, animals and implements, for none of these retain their facility when they are too large. – Atticus

What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. – Atticus

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Atticus

It is true, indeed, that the account Plato gives in ‘Timaeus’ is different from what he says in his so-called ‘unwritten teachings.’ – Atticus

The ideal man is his own best friend and takes delight in privacy. – Atticus

Love well, be loved and do something of value. – Atticus

When…we, as individuals, obey laws that direct us to behave for the welfare of the community as a whole, we are indirectly helping to promote the pursuit of happiness by our fellow human beings. – Atticus

The bad man is continually at war with, and in opposition to, himself. – Atticus

Music directly represents the passions of the soul. If one listens to the wrong kind of music, he will become the wrong kind of person. – Atticus

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. – Atticus

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. – Atticus

It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others. – Atticus

The greatest of all pleasures is the pleasure of learning. – Atticus

Happiness is the reward of virtue. – Atticus

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny. – Atticus

Anyone who has no need of anybody but himself is either a beast or a God. – Atticus

The greatest crimes are caused by surfeit, not by want. – Atticus

Wickedness is nourished by lust. – Atticus

The society that loses its grip on the past is in danger, for it produces men who know nothing but the present, and who are not aware that life had been, and could be, different from what it is. – Atticus

Character is determined by choice, not opinion. – Atticus

But what is happiness? If we consider what the function of man is, we find that happiness is a virtuous activity of the soul. – Atticus

There is nothing grand or noble in having the use of a slave, in so far as he is a slave, or in issuing commands about necessary things. But it is an error to suppose that every sort of rule is despotic like that of a master over slaves, for there is as great a difference between the rule over freemen and the rule over slaves as there is between slavery by nature and freedom by nature . . – Atticus

The weak are always anxious for justice and equality. The strong pay no heed to either. – Atticus

Hippodamus, son of Euryphon, a native of Miletus, invented the art of planning and laid out the street plan of Piraeus. – Atticus

Leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment of life, which are experienced, not by the busy man, but by those who have leisure. – Atticus

The most important relationship we can all have is the one you have with yourself, the most important journey you can take is one of self-discovery. To know yourself, you must spend time with yourself, you must not be afraid to be alone. Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. – Atticus

The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse. – Atticus

You are what you repeatedly do – Atticus

Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action. – Atticus

The ideal man takes joy in doing favors for others. – Atticus

They – Young People have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things – and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning – all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything – they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else. – Atticus

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage. – Atticus

Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches not only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so much. – Atticus

The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. – Atticus

Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled ; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. – Atticus

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

Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers. – Atticus

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. – Atticus

For what is the best choice for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve. – Atticus

If something’s bound to happen, it will happen.. Right time, right person, and for the best reason. – Atticus

Aristocracy is that form of government in which education and discipline are qualifications for suffrage and office holding. – Atticus

Gentleness is the ability to bear reproaches and slights with moderation, and not to embark on revenge quickly, and not to be easily provoked to anger, but be free from bitterness and contentiousness, having tranquility and stability in the spirit. – Atticus

He who takes his fill of every pleasure … becomes depraved; while he who avoids all pleasures alike becomes insensible. – Atticus

Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances. – Atticus

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. – Atticus

Men are divided between those who are as thrifty as if they would live forever, and those who are as extravagant as if they were going to die the next day. – Atticus

Fortune favors the bold. – Atticus

Health is a matter of choice, not a mystery of chance – Atticus

All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there’s too much corruption in the world – Atticus

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. – Atticus

Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot. – Atticus

In the case of some people, not even if we had the most accurate scientific knowledge, would it be easy to persuade them were we to address them through the medium of that knowledge; for a scientific discourse, it is the privilege of education to appreciate, and it is impossible that this should extend to the multitude. – Atticus

We are what we frequently do. – Atticus

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

Bad men are full of repentance. – Atticus

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning. – Atticus

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Atticus

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

Find the good. Seek the Unity. Ignore the divisions among us. – Atticus

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control and outnumbers both of the other classes. – Atticus

Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend. – Atticus

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy. – Atticus

Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure. – Atticus

The ultimate end…is not knowledge, but action. To be half right on time may be more important than to obtain the whole truth too late. – Atticus

Speech is the representation of the mind, and writing is the representation of speech. – Atticus

It is a part of probability that many improbable things will happen. – Atticus

They who are to be judges must also be performers. – Atticus

Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues. – Atticus

In educating the young we steer them by the rudders of pleasure and pain – Atticus

Shipping magnate of the 20th century If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. – Atticus

The best way to teach morality is to make it a habit with children. – Atticus

For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends. Wherefore, if he has not virtue, he is the most unholy and the most savage of animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony. But justice is the bond of men in states, and the administration of justice, which is the determination of what is just, is the principle of order in political society. – Atticus

What you have to learn to do, you learn by doing. – Atticus

Prudence as well as Moral Virtue determines the complete performance of a man’s proper function: Virtue ensures the rightness of the end we aim at; Prudence ensures the rightness of the means we adopt to gain that end. – Atticus

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. – Atticus

Wise people have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. – Atticus

Wicked men obey for fear, but the good for love. – Atticus

Anger is always concerned with individuals, … whereas hatred is directed also against classes: we all hate any thief and any informer. Moreover, anger can be cured by time; but hatred cannot. The one aims at giving pain to its object, the other at doing him harm; the angry man wants his victim to feel; the hater does not mind whether they feel or not. – Atticus

Wit is well-bred insolence. – Atticus

Only an armed people can be truly free. Only an unarmed people can ever be enslaved. – Atticus

Masculine republics give way to feminine democracies, and feminine democracies give way to tyranny. – Atticus

It is their character indeed that makes people who they are. But it is by reason of their actions that they are happy or the reverse. – Atticus

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. – Atticus

The mass of mankind is evidently slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts. – Atticus

Our problem is not that we aim too high and miss, but that we aim too low and hit. – Atticus

It is our choice of good or evil that determines our character, not our opinion about good or evil. – Atticus

The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor; it is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; and it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an intuitive perception of the similarity of the dissimilar. – Atticus

There are two distinctive peculiarities by reference to which we characterize the soul (1) local movement and (2) thinking, discriminating, and perceiving. Thinking both speculative and practical is regarded as akin to a form of perceiving; for in the one as well as the other the soul discriminates and is cognizant of something which is. – Atticus

A promise made must be a promise kept. – Atticus

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. – Atticus

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