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

Does anyone know where (what book) I can find this aristotle quote in?

I've seen some variations of this quote. This one seems most likely to me to be aristotelian.

Thanks in advance.

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    Seems possibly spurious, where did you find this?
    – Joseph Weissman
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 0:36
  • in a movie, and pretty ubiquitous online. however i have solved my question. Will post as answer. If it's pointless, let me know. I'll delete Q.
    – Dukem
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 1:15

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It is misattributed to aristotle. Actually an Elbert Hubbard quote from Little Journeys to the Homes of American Statesmen (1898), p. 370


  • Very nice to learn wikiquote has this resource. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 1:28

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