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When another is asked a question, take special care not to interrupt to answer it yourself. Plutarch
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The drop hollows out the stone not by strength, but by constant falling. Plutarch
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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
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He shall fare well who confronts circumstances aright. Plutarch
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As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity. Plutarch
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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
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The old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse. Plutarch
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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
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I am whatever was, or is, or will be; and my veil no mortal ever took up. Plutarch
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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
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Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. Plutarch
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead. Plutarch
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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
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Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow. Plutarch
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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
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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
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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
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Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors'. Plutarch
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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
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A Locanian having plucked all the feathers off from a nightingale and seeing what a little body it had, "surely," quoth he, "thou art all voice and nothing else. Plutarch
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Wickedness is a wonderfully diligent architect of misery, of shame, accompanied with terror, and commotion, and remorse, and endless perturbation. Plutarch
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Nothing exists in the intellect that has not first gone through the senses. Plutarch
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It is wise to be silent when occasion requires, and better than to speak, though never so well. Plutarch
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Pythagoras, when he was asked what time was, answered that it was the soul of this world. Plutarch
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No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage. Plutarch
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Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors. Plutarch
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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
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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
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Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities. Plutarch
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He who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war. Plutarch
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He who cheats with an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy, but that he thinks little of God. Plutarch
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Valour, however unfortunate, commands great respect even from enemies: but the Romans despise cowardice, even though it be prosperous. Plutarch
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King Agis said, "The Lacedaemonians are not wont to ask how many, but where the enemy are. Plutarch
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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
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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
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To conduct great matters and never commit a fault is above the force of human nature. Plutarch
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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
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To one that promised to give him hardy cocks that would die fighting, "Prithee," said Cleomenes, "give me cocks that will kill fighting. Plutarch
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Of all the disorders in the soul, envy is the only one no one confesses to. Plutarch
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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch
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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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Character is long-standing habit. Plutarch
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It does not follow, that because a particular work of art succeeds in charming us, its creator also deserves our admiration. Plutarch
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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
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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
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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
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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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Poverty is not dishonorable in itself, but only when it comes from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly. Plutarch
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When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action. Plutarch
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You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me. Plutarch
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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
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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
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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
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Said Periander, Hesiod might as well have kept his breath to cool his pottage. Plutarch
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It is a true proverb that if you live with a lame man you will learn to halt. Plutarch
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When two discourse, if the one's anger rise, The man who lets the contest fall is wise. Plutarch
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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
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Nothing made the horse so fat as the king's eye. Plutarch
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Time is the wisest of all counselors. Plutarch
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Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. Plutarch
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Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl, alights and sits on the roof of any angry man. Plutarch
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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
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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
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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
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The crowns of kings do not prevent those who wear them from being tormented sometimes by violent headaches. Plutarch
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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
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