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Plutarch Quotes

(46-120 AD), Greek Essayist, Biographer

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.

Category: Achievement

When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, ''Action, Action, Action.''

Category: Action

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.

Category: Adversity

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

Category: Adversity

It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.

Category: Ancestry

They named it Ovation from the Latin ovis [A Sheep].

Category: Applause

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

Category: Bargains

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.

Category: Birth

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

Category: Blame

In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing.

Category: Change

Character is simply habit long continued.

Category: Character

The wildest colts make the best horses.

Category: Children

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.

Category: Contentment

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

Category: Courage

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.

Category: Courage