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PLUTARCH
Greek philosopher and biographer
(c. 46 - 120)
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A constant friend is a thing rare and hard to find.
      - [Friends]

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
      - [Vice]

A friend should be like money, tried before being required, not found faulty in our need.
      - [Friends]

A healer of others, himself diseased.
      - [Proverbs]

A lover's soul lives in the body of his mistress.
      - [Love]

A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech.
      - [Silence]

A shortcut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
      - [Wealth]

A Spartan, being asked why his people drank so little, replied: "That we may consult concerning others, and not others concerning us."
      - [Temperance]

Among real friends there is no rivalry or jealousy of one another, but they are satisfied and contented alike whether they are equal or one of them is superior.
      - [Friends]

Anger turns the mind out of doors and bolts the entrance.
      - [Anger]

Apothegms are the most infallible mirror to represent a man truly what he is.
      - [Apothegms]

As in the case of painters, who have undertaken to give us a beautiful and graceful figure, which may have some slight blemishes, we do not wish then to pass over such blemishes altogether, nor yet to mark them too prominently. The one would spoil the beauty, and the other destroy the likeness of the picture.
      - [Biography]

As small letters hurt the sight, so do small matters him that is too much intent upon them; they vex and stir up anger, which begets an evil habit in him in reference to greater affairs.
      - [Trifles]

As soft wax is apt to take the stamp of the seal, so are the minds of young children to receive the instruction imprinted on them.
      - [Children]

As those that pull down private houses adjoining to the temples of the gods, prop up such parts as are contiguous to them; so, in undermining bashfulness, due regard is to be had to adjacent modesty, good-nature and humanity.
      - [Bashfulness]

Blinded as they are to their true character by self-love, every man is his own first and chiefest flatterer, prepared, therefore, to welcome the flatterer from the outside, who only comes confirming the verdict of the flatterer within.
      - [Flattery]

Caesar's wife should be above suspicion.
      - [Suspicion]

Cato the elder, when somebody was praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, said "that there was an essential difference between a really brave man and one who had merely a contempt for life."
      - [Bravery]

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
      - [Courage]

Demosthenes overcame and rendered more distinct his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth.
      - [Speech]

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from enemies.
      - [Valor]

Do not speak of your happiness to a man less fortunate than yourself.
      - [Contrast]

Education and study, and the favors of the muses, confer no greater benefit on those that seek them than these humanizing and civilizing lessons, which teach our natural qualities to submit to the limitations prescribed by reason, and to avoid the wildness of extremes.
      - [Moderation]

Euripides was wont to say, silence was an answer to a wise man; but we seem to have greater occasion for it in our dealing with fools and unreasonable persons; for men of breeding and sense will be satisfied with reason and fair words.
      - [Silence]

For man is a plant, not fixed in the earth, nor immovable, but heavenly, whose head, rising as it were from a root upwards, is turned towards heaven.
      - [Man]


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