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Quotations --- Plutarch

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

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

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.

So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history.

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.

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.

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


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


What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.


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


The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.


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.


Of all the disorders in the soul, envy is the only one no one confesses to.


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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