Plutarch

Greek biographer who wrote Parallel Lives (46?-120 AD)

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No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
Abstain from beans.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from an enemy.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
He made the city [Athens], great as it was when he took it, the greatest and richest of all cities, and grew to be superior in power to kings and tyrants. Some of these actually appointed him guardian of their sons, but he did not make his estate a single drachma greater than it was when his father left it to him.
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.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
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.
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
It is the usual consolation of the envious, if they cannot maintain their superiority, to represent those by whom they are surpassed as inferior to some one else.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
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.
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.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
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.
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.
Poverty is not dishonourable in itself, but only when it arises from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.
The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.
The giving of riches and honors to a wicked man is like giving strong wine to him that hath a fever.
The man who is completely wise and virtuous has no need of glory, except so far as it disposes and eases his way to action by the greater trust that it procures him.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
The whole life of man is but a point of time let us enjoy it.
To find a fault is easy to do better may be difficult.
To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
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.
When the candles are out all women are fair.

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