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Plutarch, Greek Philosopher ( - )

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What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.~Plutarch


Inspirational Change

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


Education Spring Good

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


Adversity Friends Balance

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


Good Evil Less

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


You Listen Know

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


Man Chance Fortune

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


May Better Easy

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


Wisdom Silence Better

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.~Plutarch


Men City Moral

The wildest colts make the best horses.~Plutarch


Best Horses Make

Neither blame or praise yourself.~Plutarch


Yourself Blame Praise

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


Perseverance Together

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


Men World Common

If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.~Plutarch


Would Were Alexander

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


Great Aim Suffer

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


Happiness Yourself Speak

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


Character Words Mind

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.~Plutarch


Good Let Us Excel

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


Fear Courage Without

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


Wisdom Learning Future

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


Shoes Living Treat

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


Childhood Men Most

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


Intelligence Fire Mind

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


Courage Cowardice Halfway

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


Friendship Change Changes

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


Rich Most Poor