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Aristotle on excellence

by Michael Nielsen on April 13, 2004

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

Usually attribted to Aristotle; I looked it up once, but couldn’t find it.

In my opinion, this quote sheds some light on the fact that much good advice is rather banal and obvious, but still difficult to internalize and then consistently follow. Good habits are hard to acquire, and harder to keep.

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