Best quotes by the Greek Philosopher Plutarch

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

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

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

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



Time is the wisest of all counselors.
  • Time

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
  • Adversity

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

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

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

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

The wildest colts make the best horses.
  • Children

Character is simply habit long continued.
  • Character

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

Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
  • Fate

We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.
  • Respect

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

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

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
  • Adversity

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.
  • Sleep

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one in adversity.
  • Success

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

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

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
  • Words

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from an enemy.
  • Bravery

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

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.
  • belief

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

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

When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action.
  • Actions

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
  • Ancestry


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

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one in adversity.
  • Success

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.
  • Failure

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Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
  • Adversity

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
  • Adversity

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
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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.
  • friendship

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.
  • Change

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The reason of this separation has not come to our knowledge; but there seems to be a truth conveyed in the account of another Roman's being divorced from his wife, which may be applicable here. This person being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? was she not fair? was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them, Whether it was not new? and well made? Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
  • Divorce

A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
  • Divorce

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Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease.
  • Medicine

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
  • create

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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.
  • Change

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

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.
  • Persistence

The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.
  • Speeches



A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
  • darken

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

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
  • Bravery

Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life.
  • Praise

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.
  • Shopping

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

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
  • knowledge

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.
  • avoiding

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.
  • Birth

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.
  • Failure

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.
  • Food

Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease.
  • Medicine

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
  • Rest

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
  • create

Solon being asked, namely, what city was best to live in. That city, he replied, in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers.

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.

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.
  • Contentment

Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.
  • Death

The reason of this separation has not come to our knowledge; but there seems to be a truth conveyed in the account of another Roman's being divorced from his wife, which may be applicable here. This person being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? was she not fair? was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them, Whether it was not new? and well made? Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
  • Divorce

A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
  • Divorce

They are wrong who think that politics is like an ocean voyage or a military campaign, something to be done with some particular end in view, something which leaves off as soon as that end is reached. It is not a public chore, to be got over with. It is a way of life. It is the life of a domesticated political and social creature who is born with a love for public life, with a desire for honor, with a feeling for his fellows; and it lasts as long as need be.
  • Politics

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.
  • Risk

It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration--nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
  • Speeches

For it was not so much that by means of words I came to a complete understanding of things, as that from things I somehow had an experience which enabled me to follow the meaning of words.
  • Words

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
  • adversity

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
  • city

Evidence of begets trust, and is reciprocated by love.
  • trust

The Spartans do not ask how many the enemies are but where they are.
  • spartans


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