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Plutarch quotes (25)

There are two sentences inscribed upon the Ancient oracleÂ… Know thyself and Nothing too much; and upon these all other precepts depend.
Plutarch   Category: Self

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
Plutarch   Category: Word

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

It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another mans oration nay it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
Plutarch   Category: Orators

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.
Plutarch   Category: Mankind

Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that mens virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note a short saying or a jest shall distinguish a persons real character more than the greatest sieges or the most important battle.
Plutarch   Category: Achievement

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it therefore while it lasts and not spend it to no purpose.
Plutarch   Category: Purpose

There is no doubt that the real destroyer of the liberties of any people is he who spreads among them bounties donations and largess.
Plutarch   Category: Liberty

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   Category: Persecution

Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man but by hymns; for ion ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life. Since he is gone where he feels no pain let us not indulge in too much grief. The soul is incapable of death. And he like a bird not long enough in his cage to become attached to it is free to fly away to a purer air.... Since we cherish a trust like this let our outward actions be in accord with it and let us keep our hearts pure and our minds calm.
Plutarch   Category: Funerals

It is a true proverb that if you live with a lame man you will learn to limp.
Plutarch   Category: Children

Where the lion's skin will not reach you must patch it out with the fox's.
Plutarch   Category: Unsorted

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch   Category: Adversity

Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks.
Plutarch   Category: Poetry

When the candles are out all women are fair.
Plutarch   Category: Beauty

Philosophy is an act of living.
Plutarch   Category: Proverb

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous for what one does not need is dear at a penny.
Plutarch   Category: Bargain

To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.
Plutarch   Category: Evil

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Plutarch   Category: Better

Socrates said Bad men live that they may eat and drink whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
Plutarch   Category: Gluttony

The King said The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you my wife govern me; your son governs you.
Plutarch   Category: Government

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.
Plutarch   Category: God

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch   Category: Character

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch   Category: Mind

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear But being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Plutarch   Category: Courage