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Plutarch Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Plutarch

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

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Neither blame or praise yourself.
- Plutarch

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

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

 

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

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men,
is at least human.
- Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
- Plutarch

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than
such a one as is unworthy of him;
for the one is only belief -
the other contempt.
- Plutarch

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended,
but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
- Plutarch

When the strong box contains no more both friends and
flatterers shun the door.
- Plutarch

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
- Plutarch

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent,
than in the extent of my power and possessions.
- Plutarch

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is
he who spreads among them bounties,
donations and benefits.
- Plutarch

Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
- Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

The wildest colts make the best horses.
- Plutarch

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

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds,
though he risk everything.
- Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

Medicine to produce health must examine disease;
and music,
to create harmony must investigate discord.
- Plutarch

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

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

Character is long-standing habit.
- Plutarch

Character is simply habit long continued.
- Plutarch

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity;
nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
- Plutarch

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

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Iron rusts from disuse;
water loses its purity from stagnation...
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands:
not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.
- Colin Wilson

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

The moment a person forms a theory,
his imagination sees in every object
only the traits which favor that theory.
- Thomas Jefferson

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Genuine heroes - no batteries needed -
bring lots of open-mind and at least a little courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination,
which the steadfast heart will conquer,
and the large mind will transcend.
- Helen Keller

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
- Dale Carnegie

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Resistance creates suffering.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is.
The only problem in your life
is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
- Dan Millman

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life
is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
- Albert Einstein

Happiness is a state of mind.
- Anonymous

The most dangerous phrase in the language is,
"We've always done it this way."
- Grace Hopper

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher


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