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Plutarch 46-120 AD, Greek Essayist, Biographer

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

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

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

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

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

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything.

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

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.

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

When the strong box contains no more both friends and flatterers shun the door.

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

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The wildest colts make the best horses.

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

Character is simply habit long continued.

Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.

Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from an enemy.

The first evil those who are prone to talk suffer, is that they hear nothing.

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

Time is the wisest of all counselors.

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

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

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

Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

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

A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, ''Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?'' holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. ''Yet,'' added he, ''none of you can tell where it pinches me.
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.
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.
Not by lamentations and mournful chants ought we to celebrate the funeral of a good man, but by hymns, for in ceasing to be numbered with mortals he enters upon the heritage of a diviner life.
Someone praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, Cato, the elder, said, "There is a wide difference between true courage and a mere contempt of life."
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.

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