Plutarch Quotes

Plutarch Quotes: We ought to give our friend pain if it will benefit him, but not to the extent of breaking off our friendship; but just as we make use of some biting medicine that will save and preserve the life of the patient. And so the friend, like a musician, in bringing about an improvement to what is good and expedient, sometimes slackens the chords, sometimes tightens them, and is often pleasant, but always useful.
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Plutarch Quote: For, in the language of Heraclitus, the virtuous soul is pure and unmixed light, springing from the body as a flash of lightning darts from the cloud. But the soul that is carnal and immersed in sense, like a heavy and dank vapor, can with difficulty be kindled, and caused to raise its eyes heavenward.
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Quotes about Plutarch: Being conscious of having done a wicked action leaves stings of remorse behind it, which, like an ulcer in the flesh, makes the mind smart with perpetual wounds; for reason, which chases away all other pains, creates repentance, shames the soul with confusion, and punishes it with torment.
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Quote about Plutarch: Cicero called Aristotle a river of flowing gold, and said of Plato's Dialogues, that if Jupiter were to speak, it would be in language like theirs.
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Plutarch Sayings: He who busies himself in mean occupations, produces in the very pains he takes about things of little or no use, an evidence against himself of his negligence and indisposition to what is really good
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Plutarch Saying: Sometimes small incidents, rather than glorious exploits, give us the best evidence of character. So, as portrait painters are more exact in doing the face, where the character is revealed, than the rest of the body, I must be allowed to give my more particular attention to the marks of the souls of men.
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Sayings about Plutarch: The superstitious man wishes he did not believe in gods, as the atheist does not, but fears to disbelieve in them.
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Saying about Plutarch: It is no great wonder if in long process of time, while fortune takes her course hither and thither, numerous coincidences should spontaneously occur. If the number and variety of subjects to be wrought upon be infinite, it is all the more easy for fortune, with such an abundance of material, to effect this similarity of results.
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Plutarch Quotes: Talkativeness has another plague attached to it, even curiosity; for praters wish to hear much that they may have much to say.
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Plutarch Quote: Rome was in the most dangerous inclination to change on account of the unequal distribution of wealth and property, those of highest rank and greatest spirit having impoverished themselves by shows, entertainments, ambition of offices, and sumptuous buildings, and the riches of the city having thus fallen into the hands of mean and low-born persons. So that there wanted but a slight impetus to set all in motion, it being in the power of every daring man to overturn a sickly commonwealth.
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Quotes about Plutarch: The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
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Quote about Plutarch: Real excellence, indeed, is most recognized when most openly looked into.
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Plutarch Sayings: Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.
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Plutarch Saying: When another is asked a question, take special care not to interrupt to answer it yourself.
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Sayings about Plutarch: Lysander said that the law spoke too softly to be heard in such a noise of war.
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Saying about Plutarch: It is not histories I am writing, but lives; and in the most glorious deeds there is not always an indication of virtue or vice, indeed a small thing like a phrase or a jest often makes a greater revelation of a character than battles where thousands die.
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Plutarch Quotes: When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, 'Action, Action, Action.'
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Plutarch Quote: He who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war.
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