Plutarch QUOTES

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

  • The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

  • What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

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

  • Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

  • “The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.”

  • 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.

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

  • Character is simply habit long continued.”

  • “The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.”

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

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

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

  • While Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the Great King's army and demanded that the Greeks lay down their arms and submit to the might of Persia. Leonidas laconically told Xerxes, "Come and get them.”

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

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

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

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