Plutarch

c.46 - c.120

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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A Quote by Plutarch on belief

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A traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedaemonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he, "but every goose can."

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia

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A Quote by Plutarch on shame

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It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake or pretend to do what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Moralia

Contributed by: Zaady

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