35 Inspirational Plutarch Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Plutarch Quotes On Success

Plutarch was a Greek biographer and author, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He has been described as one of the most influential authors who ever lived. He had a vast knowledge in mathematics, physics, medicine, natural science, rhetoric, philosophy, Greek, and Latin literature. His works had a remarkable influence on later authors and the literatures of Europe and even America. He was very much concerned with men’s moral conduct and individual moral guidance in an age when men were losing their faith in philosophy and religion. Apart from his work, Plutarch was also famous for quotations and sayings. May these quotes inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “The wildest colts make the best horses.” Plutarch

2. “It is the admirer of himself, and not the admirer of virtue, that thinks himself superior to others.” Plutarch

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

4. “To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.” Plutarch

5. “The whole life is but a point of time; let us enjoy it, therefore, while it lasts, and not spend it to no purpose.” Plutarch

6. “I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and possessions.” Plutarch

7. ” It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such a one as is unworthy of him; for the one is only belief – the other contempt.” Plutarch

8. “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.” Plutarch

9. “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.” Plutarch

10. “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.” Plutarch

11. “We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use we throw away.” Plutarch

12. “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.” Plutarch

13. “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.” Plutarch

14. “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.” Plutarch

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

16. “Character is long-standing habit.” Plutarch

17. “To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.” Plutarch

18. “Neither blame nor praise yourself.” Plutarch

19. “Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.” Plutarch

20. “Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.” Plutarch

21. “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” Plutarch

22. “Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.” Plutarch

23. “To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.” Plutarch

24. “Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” Plutarch

25. “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.” Plutarch

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

27. “The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.” Plutarch

28. “Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men’s virtues or vices may be best discovered; but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person’s real character more than the greatest sieges.” Plutarch

29. “In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.” Plutarch

30. “Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.” Plutarch

31. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch

32. “The richest soil, if uncultivated produces the rankest weeds.” Plutarch

33. “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.” Plutarch

34. “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” Plutarch

35. “The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it.” Plutarch

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