Plutarch

c.46 - c.120

A Quote by Plutarch on doubt and people

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

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Parallel Lives

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A Quote by Plutarch on learning, poverty, and wealth

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 (c.46 - c.120)

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A Quote by Plutarch on courage, fear, and justice

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia

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A Quote by Plutarch on life

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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 (c.46 - c.120)

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A Quote by Plutarch on custom and nature

Custom is almost second nature.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Preservation of Health.

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A Quote by Plutarch on action, birds, death, funerals, good, grief, life, pain, purity, soul, and trust

Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns; for, ion ceasing to be numbered with mortals, he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life. Since he is gone where he feels no pain, let us not indulge in too much grief. The soul is incapable of death. And he, like a bird not long enough in his cage to become attached to it, is free to fly away to a purer air. . . . Since we cherish a trust like this, let our outward actions be in accord with it, and let us keep our hearts pure and our minds calm.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia

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A Quote by Plutarch on belief, earth, and rest

This excerpt is presented as reproduced by Copernicus in the preface to De Revolutionibus: "Some think that the earth remains at rest. But Philolaus the Pythagorean believes that, like the sun and moon, it revolves around the fire in an oblique circle. Heraclides of Pontus and Ecphantus the Pythagorean make the earth move, not in a progressive motion, but like a wheel in rotation from west to east around its own center."

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia, ca. 100 A.D.

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A Quote by Plutarch on good and men

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Socrates said, "Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live."

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: How a Young Man Ought to Hear Poems.

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A Quote by Plutarch on action, character, discovery, men, and vices

Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Lives, Lysander

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A Quote by Plutarch on adversity, balance, friendship, justice, and prosperity

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

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

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