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Plutarch (46-120) quotes


  • A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
  • All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
  • An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
  • 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.
  • It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
  • It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.
  • Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
  • Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.