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PLUTARCH
Greek philosopher and biographer
(c. 46 - 120)
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Know how to listen, and you'll profit even from those who talk badly.
      - [Listening]

Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl, alights and sits on the roof of any angry man.
      - [Anger]

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.
      - [Contentment]

Let a prince be guarded with soldiers, attended by councillors, and shut up in forts; yet if his thoughts disturb him, he is miserable.
      - [Conscience]

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.
      - [Enemies]

Lycurgus being asked why he, who in other respects appeared to be so zealous for the equal rights of men, did not make his government democratical rather than oligarchical, "Go you," replied the legislator, "and try a democracy in your own house."
      - [Democracy]

Man is neither by birth nor disposition a savage, nor of unsocial habits, but only becomes so by indulging in vices contrary to his nature.
      - [Savages]

Men who marry wives very much superior to themselves are not so truly husbands to their wives as they are unawares made slaves to their position.
      - [Wedlock]

Nor is drunkenness censured for anything so much as its intemperate and endless talk.
      - [Talking]

Nothing is cheap which is superfluous, for what one does not need, is dear at a penny.
      - [Superfluity]

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.
      - [Perseverance]

Philosophy finds talkativeness a disease very difficult and hard to cure. For its remedy, conversation, requires hearers: but talkative people hear nobody, for they are ever prating. And the first evil this inability to keep silence produces is an inability to listen.
      - [Talking]

Philosophy is the art of living.
      - [Philosophy]

Playing the Cretan with the Cretans (i.e. lying to liars).
      - quoting Greek proverb used by Paulus Aemilius
        [Lying]

Poverty is dishonorable, not in itself, but when it is a proof of laziness, intemperance, luxury, and carelessness; whereas in a person that is temperate, industrious, just and valiant, and who uses all his virtues for the public good, it shows a great and lofty mind.
      - [Poverty]

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
      - [Adversity]

Pythagoras, when he was asked what time was, answered that it was the soul of this world.
      - [Time]

Real excellence, indeed, is most recognized when most openly looked into.
      - [Goodness]

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
      - [Rest]

Riches for the most part are hurtful to them that possess them.
      - [Riches]

So also it is good not always to make a friend of the person who is expert in twining himself around us; but, after testing them, to attach ourselves to those who are worthy of our affection and likely to be serviceable to us.
      - [Friends]

Talkativeness has another plague attached to it, even curiosity; for praters wish to hear much that they may have much to say.
      - [Curiosity]

That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessaries are not wanting.
      - [Happiness]

The belly has no ears.
      - [Gluttony]

The conduct of a wise politician is ever suited to the present posture of affairs. Often by foregoing a part he saves the whole, and by yielding in a small matter secures a greater.
      - [Politics]


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