Plutarch Quotes

56 Plutarch quotes:

"Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly."
"A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues."
"To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult."
"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."
"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."
"Character is simply habit long continued."
"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."
"No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune."
"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."
"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."
"To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days."
"It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything."
"When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door."
"I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions."
"Character is long-standing habit."
"Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech."
"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics."
"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."
"Neither blame or praise yourself."
"We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away."

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