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Plutarch
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It is not the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered; but very often an action of small note. An casual remark or joke shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battles. Plutarch

Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow. Plutarch

Books delight to the very marrow of one's bones. They speak to us, consult with us, and join with us in a living and intense intimacy. Plutarch

This excerpt is presented as reproduced by Copernicus in the preface to De Revolutionibus: "Some think that the earth remains at rest. But Philolaus the Pythagorean believes that, like the sun and moon, it revolves around the fire in an oblique circle. Heraclides of Pontus and Ecphantus the Pythagorean make the earth move, not in a progressive motion, but like a wheel in rotation from west to east around its own center." Plutarch

Demosthenes, when taunted by Pytheas that all his arguments smelled of the lamp, replied, Yes, but your lamp and mine, my friend, do not witness the same labours. Plutarch

Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead. Plutarch

Rome was in the most dangerous inclination to change on account of the unequal distribution of wealth and property, those of highest rank and greatest spirit having impoverished themselves by shows, entertainments, ambition of offices, and sumptuous buildings, and the riches of the city having thus fallen into the hands of mean and low-born persons. So that there wanted but a slight impetus to set all in motion, it being in the power of every daring man to overturn a sickly commonwealth. Plutarch

If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind that it will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you. Plutarch

He shall fare well who confronts circumstances aright. Plutarch

Cato used to assert that wise men profited more by fools than fools by wise men; for that wise men avoided the faults of fools, but that fools would not imitate the good examples of wise men. Plutarch

We ought to give our friend pain if it will benefit him, but not to the extent of breaking off our friendship; but just as we make use of some biting medicine that will save and preserve the life of the patient. And so the friend, like a musician, in bringing about an improvement to what is good and expedient, sometimes slackens the chords, sometimes tightens them, and is often pleasant, but always useful. Plutarch

Euripides was wont to say, silence was an answer to a wise man; but we seem to have greater occasion for it in our dealing with fools and unreasonable persons; for men of breeding and sense will be satisfied with reason and fair words. Plutarch

When another is asked a question, take special care not to interrupt to answer it yourself. Plutarch

The process may seem strange and yet it is very true. I did not so much gain the knowledge of things by the words, as words by the experience I had of things. Plutarch

Antiphanes said merrily that in a certain city the cold was so intense that words were congealed as soon as spoken, but that after some time they thawed and became audible; so that the words spoken in winter articulated next summer. Plutarch

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors'. Plutarch

As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity. Plutarch

It is not reasonable that he who does not shoot should hit the mark, nor that he who does not stand fast at his post should win the day, or that the helpless man should succeed or the coward prosper. Plutarch

The old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse. Plutarch

One made the observation of the people of Asia that they were all slaves to one man, merely because they could not pronounce that syllable No. Plutarch

I am whatever was, or is, or will be; and my veil no mortal ever took up. Plutarch

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

The drop hollows out the stone not by strength, but by constant falling. Plutarch

In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing. Plutarch

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from an enemy. Plutarch

It is wise to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well. Plutarch

Pythagoras, when he was asked what time was, answered that it was the soul of this world. Plutarch

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. Plutarch

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors. Plutarch

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy. Plutarch

The superstitious man wishes he did not believe in gods, as the atheist does not, but fears to disbelieve in them. Plutarch

Poverty is not dishonorable in itself, but only when it comes from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly. Plutarch

A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he, "but every goose can." Plutarch

A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me.' Plutarch

Time is the wisest of all counselors. Plutarch

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. Plutarch

When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action. Plutarch

You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me. Plutarch

O man! whosoever thou art, and whensoever thou comest, for come I know thou wilt, I am Cyrus, founder of the Persian empire. Envy me not the little earth that covers my body. Plutarch

We must prune it with care, so as only to remove the redundant branches, and not injure the stem, which has its root in the generous sensitiveness to shame. Plutarch

It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice. Plutarch

Said Periander, Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage. Plutarch

It is a true proverb that if you live with a lame man you will learn to halt. Plutarch

When two discourse, if the one's anger rise, The man who lets the contest fall is wise. Plutarch

Of all the disorders in the soul, envy is the only one no one confesses to. Plutarch

It does not follow, that because a particular work of art succeeds in charming us, its creator also deserves our admiration. Plutarch

Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities. Plutarch

Note that the eating of flesh is not only physically against nature, but it also makes us spiritually coarse and gross by reason of satiety and surfeit. Plutarch

Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl, alights and sits on the roof of any angry man. Plutarch

Let a prince be guarded with soldiers, attended by councillors, and shut up in forts; yet if his thoughts disturb him, he is miserable. Plutarch

It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious. Plutarch

So also it is good not always to make a friend of the person who is expert in twining himself around us; but, after testing them, to attach ourselves to those who are worthy of our affection and likely to be serviceable to us. Plutarch

The crowns of kings do not prevent those who wear them from being tormented sometimes by violent headaches. Plutarch

When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back. Plutarch

The soul of man... is a portion or a copy of the soul of the Universe and is joined together on principles and in proportions corresponding to those which govern the Universe. Plutarch

Both Empedocles and Heraclitus held it for a truth that man could not be altogether cleared from injustice in dealing with beasts as he now does. Plutarch

Foreign lady once remarked to the wife of a Spartan commander that the women of Sparta were the only women in the world who could rule men. "We are the only women who raise men," the Spartan lady replied.... Plutarch

Themistocles said that a man's discourse was like to a rich Persian carpet, the beautiful figures and patterns of which can be shown only by spreading and extending it out; when it is contracted and folded up, they are obscured and lost. Plutarch

Nothing made the horse so fat as the king's eye. Plutarch

He who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war. Plutarch

He who cheats with an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy, but that he thinks little of God. Plutarch

Valour, however unfortunate, commands great respect even from enemies: but the Romans despise cowardice, even though it be prosperous. Plutarch

King Agis said, "The Lacedaemonians are not wont to ask how many, but where the enemy are. Plutarch

Lysander, when Dionysius sent him two gowns, and bade him choose which he would carry to his daughter, said, "She can choose best," and so took both away with him. Plutarch

Anaximander says that men were first produced in fishes, and when they were grown up and able to help themselves were thrown up, and so lived upon the land. Plutarch

To conduct great matters and never commit a fault is above the force of human nature. Plutarch

Whenever Alexander heard Philip had taken any town of importance, or won any signal victory, instead of rejoicing at it altogether, he would tell his companions that his father would anticipate everything, and leave him and them no opportunities of performing great and illustrious actions. Plutarch

To one that promised to give him hardy cocks that would die fighting, "Prithee," said Cleomenes, "give me cocks that will kill fighting. Plutarch

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



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