Quotes by Plutarch

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
– Plutarch
Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life.
– Plutarch
The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.
– Plutarch
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.
– Plutarch
The wildest colts make the best horses.
– Plutarch
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
– 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
When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action.
– Plutarch
When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.
– Plutarch
Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores
You keep to your own ways, and leave mine to me
– Plutarch
“The God, as it were, addresses each of us, as he enters, with his Know Thyself, which is at least as good as Hail. We answer the God back with EI (Thou Art), rendering to him the designation which is true and has no lie in it, and alone belongs to him, and to no other, that of being. . . . There are those who think that Apollo and the sun are the same; we hail them and love them for the fair name they give, and it is fitting to do so; for they associate their idea of the God with that which they honour and desire more than all other things which they know. But now that we see them dreaming of the God in the fairest of nightly visions, let us rise and encourage them to mount yet higher, to contemplate him in a dream of the day, and to see his own being. . . . To my thinking the word EI . . . testifies to the God that THOU ART.
– Plutarch
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
– Plutarch
The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.
– Plutarch
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
– Plutarch
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
– Plutarch
An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.
– Plutarch
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
– Plutarch
When the candles are out all women are fair.
– 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
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
– Plutarch