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Plutarch Quotes

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Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

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


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.


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


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


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


We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.


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


If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.


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.


A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.


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


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

    Topics: Childhood

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


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.


Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.


Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.


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


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


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


Character is long-standing habit.


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