Plutarch Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old plutarch quotes, plutarch sayings, and plutarch proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Dead men don't bite.      

Plutarch

I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.     

Plutarch

Character is simply habit long continued.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.     

Plutarch

The wildest colts make the best horses.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.     

Plutarch

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.     

Plutarch

What is bigger than an elephant? But this also is become man's plaything, and a spectacle at public solemnities; and it learns to skip, dance, and kneel.     

Plutarch

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.     

Plutarch

Extraordinary rains pretty generally fall after great battles.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.     

Plutarch

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.     

Plutarch

When one is transported by rage, it is best to observe attentively the effects on those who deliver themselves over to the same passion.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

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

Poverty is not dishonorable in itself, but only when it comes from idleness, intemperance, extravagance, and folly.     

Plutarch

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.     

Plutarch

Choose what is best, and habit will make it pleasant and easy.     

Plutarch

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.     

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

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

Plutarch

There are two sentences inscribed upon the Ancient oracle... "Know thyself" and "Nothing too much"; and upon these all other precepts depend.     

Plutarch