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A list of the best Plutarch quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Plutarch quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Plutarch quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Plutarch should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Plutarch quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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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. Plutarch

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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. Plutarch

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

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

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Rest is the sweet sauce of labor. Plutarch

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michaelj72 added There is no doubt that the real destroyer of the liberties of any people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and largess.

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michaelj72 added An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

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

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

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Time is the wisest of all counselors. Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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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. Plutarch

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michaelj72 added A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech.

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michaelj72 added Wisdom is neither gold, nor silver, nor fame, nor wealth, nor health, nor strength, nor beauty.

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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. Plutarch

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

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

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

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Character is simply habit long continued. Plutarch

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The wildest colts make the best horses. Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis -- A Sheep. Plutarch

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michaelj72 added Books delight to the very marrow of one's bones. They speak to us, consult with us, and join with us in a living and intense intimacy.

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michaelj72 added The state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessities are not wanting.

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Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. Plutarch

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michaelj72 added He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.

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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. Plutarch

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

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

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michaelj72 added Character is long-standing habit.

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michaelj72 added Neither blame nor praise yourself.

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[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. Plutarch

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michaelj72 added The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.

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

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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. Plutarch

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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

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michaelj72 added The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.

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

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

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michaelj72 added According to the proverb, the best things are the most difficult.

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michaelj72 added No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

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michaelj72 added The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds.

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michaelj72 added Philosophy is the art of living.

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michaelj72 added Socrates thought that if all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence every one must take an equal portion, most persons would be contented to take their own and depart.