Quotes


Great Plutarch Quotes




To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.

Character is simply habit long continued.

The wildest colts make the best horses.

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.


The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.

The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

Neither blame or praise yourself.

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief - the other contempt.


An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.

To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.


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