Quotation Explorer - 'Plutarch'

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. - Plutarch
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. - Plutarch
The giving of riches and honors to a wicked man is like giving strong wine to him that hath a fever. - Plutarch
Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. - Plutarch
To make an action honorable, it ought to be agreeable to the age, and other circumstances of the person; since it is circumstance and proper measure that give an action its character, and make it either good or bad. - Plutarch
When the candles are out all women are fair. - Plutarch
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause. - Plutarch
Though the ancient poet in Plutarch tells us we must not trouble the gods with our affairs because they take no heed of our angers and disputes, we can never enough decry the disorderly sallies of our minds. - Michel de Montaigne
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. - Plutarch
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied. - Plutarch
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education. - Plutarch
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human. - Plutarch
A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lighted. - Plutarch
As it turns out, Plutarch, consciously or unconsciously, touched on a truth that most of us feel, but rarely meditate upon: the little things in behaviour are the door not only to the real character of people but also to their soul. - Nicos Hadjicostis
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors. - Plutarch
Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle. - Plutarch
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one is adversity. - Plutarch
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. - Plutarch
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp. - Plutarch
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. - Plutarch
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult. - Plutarch
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. - Plutarch
So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history. - Plutarch
The man who is completely wise and virtuous has no need of glory, except so far as it…eases his way to action by the greater trust that it procures him. - Plutarch
The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they. - Plutarch
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. - Plutarch
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. - Plutarch
The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it. - Plutarch
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult. - Plutarch
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. - Plutarch
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker. - Plutarch
An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave. - Plutarch
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. - Plutarch
The superstitious man wishes he did not believe in gods, as the atheist does not, but fears to disbelieve in them. - Plutarch
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