Plutarchus Quotes

Who was Plutarchus?

Plutarch was a Greek Middle Platonist philosopher, biographer, essayist, and priest at the Temple of Apollo.

He is known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Upon becoming a Roman citizen, he was named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus.

Born January 1, 46
Died January 1, 119
Aged 73 years old

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Best 14 Quotes by Plutarchus

“Character is simply habit long continued.”

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

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

“If you live with a lame man, you learn to limp.”

“It does not follow, that because a particular work of art succeeds in charming us, its creator also deserves our admiration.”

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

“Neither blame nor praise yourself.”

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“Painting is silent poetry.”

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

“The richest soil, if uncultivated, produces the rankest weeds.”

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

“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

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

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

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