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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To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.


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

Plutarch quote The Spartans do not ask how many are the

The Spartans do not ask how many are the enemy but where are they.


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


The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors


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


Time is the wisest of all counselors.


When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, "Action," and which was the second, he replied, "action," and which was the third, he still answered "Action.


The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.


Barba non facit philosophum


What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.


No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.


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.


About Plutarch

Quotes 392 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

As geographers, Sosius, crowd into the edges of their maps parts of the world which they do not know about, adding notes in the margin to the effect that beyond this lies nothing but sandy deserts full of wild beasts, and unapproachable bogs.


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.


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


It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.


Pompey had fought brilliantly and in the end routed Caesar's whole force.

.. but either he was unable to or else he feared to push on. Caesar [said] to his friends: 'Today the enemy would have won, if they had had a commander who was a winner.'


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


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


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


Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.


Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.


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


The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.


God is the brave man's hope, and not the coward's excuse.


A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but when old and past service.


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.


The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking.

And the first evil that attends those who know not to be silent is that they hear nothing.


Philosophy finds talkativeness a disease very difficult and hard to cure.

For its remedy, conversation, requires hearers: but talkative people hear nobody, for they are ever prating. And the first evil this inability to keep silence produces is an inability to listen.


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.


There are two sentences inscribed upon the Ancient oracle.

.. "Know thyself" and "Nothing too much"; and upon these all other precepts depend.


Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.


The obligations of law and equity reach only to mankind;

but kindness and beneficence should be extended to the creatures of every species, and these will flow from the breast of a true man, as streams that issue from the living fountain.


If we traverse the world, it is possible to find cities without walls, without letters, without kings, without wealth, without coin, without schools and theatres; but a city without a temple, or that practiseth not worship, prayer, and the like, no one ever saw.


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.


For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.


Vultures are the most righteous of birds: they do not attack even the smallest living creature.


For the wise man, every day is a festival.


...To the Dolphin alone, beyond all other, nature has granted what the best philosophers seek: friendship for no advantage


It is a high distinction for a homely woman to be loved for her character rather than for beauty.


When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.


The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.


Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?


Character is simply habit long continued.


Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite moresYou keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me


Neither blame or praise yourself.


Mothers ought to bring up and nurse their own children;

for they bring them up with greater affection and with greater anxiety, as loving them from the heart, and so to speak, every inch of them.


The wildest colts make the best horses.


The whole life is but a point of time;

let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.