Q – Plutarch

Plutarch 46 - 120 was a Greek biographer and essayist.

He later became a Roman citizen and was renamed Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus.

 

‘Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks’

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‘Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech’

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‘Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage’

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‘To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult’

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‘Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself’

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‘Character is simply habit long continued’

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‘Neither blame or praise yourself’

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‘It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything’

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‘An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics’

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‘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’

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‘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’

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‘A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues’

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‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled’

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‘The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil’

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‘Those who aim to great deeds must also suffer greatly’

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‘It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn to limp’

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‘I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod, my shadow does that much better’

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‘What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality’

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‘Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resists’

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‘No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune’

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