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PLUTARCH
Greek philosopher and biographer
(c. 46 - 120)
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When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of Oratory, he answered, "Action," and which was the second, he replied, "action," and which was the third, he still answered "Action."
      - Morals--Lives of the Ten Orators [Oratory]

Why does pouring Oil on the Sea make it Clear and Calm? Is it that the winds, slipping the smooth oil, have no force, nor cause any waves?
      - Morals--Natural Questions (XII)
        [Navigation]

Eat not thy heart; which forbids to afflict our souls, and waste them with vexatious cares.
      - Morals--Of the Training of Children [Care]

An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.
      - Morals--On the Training of Children
        [Folly]

He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.
      - Of Garrulity [Birds]

It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration,--nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
      - Of Hearing (VI) [Oratory]

Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.
      - Of the Training of Children [Perseverance]

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
      - On Banishment [Patriotism]

In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle their design.
      - On Hearing (V), of the Sophists [Speech]

Alexander wept when he heard from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds, and his friends asking him if any accident had befallen him he returned this answer: "Do you not think it is a matter worthy of lamentation that where there is such a vast multitude of them we have not yet conquered one?"
      - On the Tranquility of the Mind [World]

Like watermen who look astern while they row the boat ahead.
      - Whether 'twas rightfully said, Live concealed
        [Boating]

Thamus . . . uttered with a loud voice his message, "The great Pan is dead."
      - Why the Oracles cease to give Answers
        [Gods]


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