Quotes by Plutarch


What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
– Plutarch
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
– Plutarch
A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
– 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
An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
– Plutarch
Character is simply habit long continued.
– 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
I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.
– Plutarch
If I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
– Plutarch
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
– Plutarch
It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
– 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
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
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
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.
– 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
Neither blame or praise yourself.
– Plutarch
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
– Plutarch
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
– Plutarch
Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
– Plutarch