• Acted: 2th Century AD
  • Lived: 46-127 AD
  • School: Middle-Platonic
  • Main Interests: Religion, Ethics
  • Influences: Plato, Peripatetics
  • Location: Chaeronea

Quotes

Seek luck only after hard work.

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PLUTARCH

Ἀποφθέγματα Λακωνικά, 239a

Even the wildest beasts can become disciplined through rigorous exercise.

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Ἠθικά, 2f

From the neglectful people, even the easiest things get missed. However, with diligence the most difficult tasks become feasible.

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Ἠθικά, 2c

Rest is the delight of our toil.

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Ἠθικά, 9c

A great upbringing and a remarkable education are considered paramount, in conformity with the law. Both contribute to the attainment of virtue and happiness.

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Ἠθικά, 5c

It is a trait of people who don’t think appropriately about human affairs to ask for stability amidst all the instability.

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Ἠθικά, 103f

You mourn for a dead man, without knowing if this is going to benefit him at all.

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Ἠθικά, 107b

Once, someone peeled away a nightingale and found very little meat. He said: “You are all voice and nothing else”.

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Ἀποφθέγματα Λακωνικά, 233a

Each person is the first and biggest flatterer of himself.

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Ἠθικά, 49a

Of all the wild beasts, the most evil is the tyrant, and of all the tame, the sycophant.

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Ἠθικά, 147b

As I grow older, I learn.

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Σόλων, 31.3

Nature is like earth, the teacher resembles the farmer and advice are similar to seeds.

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Ἠθικά, 2b

Same as stamps that leave their imprint in soft wax, so do different teachings are imprinted in children’s souls.Because youth is malleable and lessons get engraved.

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Ἠθικά, 3e

A characteristic of educated and wise people is that when they are fortunate they can remain the same, and in the face of misfortune they can bravely keep their dignity.

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Ἠθικά, 103a

A proverb states that you should never give a knife to a child. I would say, never give riches to a child, nor power to the ill-educated.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΓ, 136

A ruler should make his subjects not to be scared of him, but to live in fear of something happening to him.

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Τῶν ἑπτὰ σοφῶν συμπόσιον, 7

Even though little time and life are given to humans, sleep, like a tax collector, reserves half of it.

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Ἠθικά, Ἀρίστων, 958

Some compare envy with smoke. It looks nice when logs are fired for the first time but once they are hot, the rich smoke disappears. That is why few people envy the old.

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Ἠθικά, 787c

Wisdom concerning goods is practiced in four ways. The effort of acquiring them, of maintaining them, of growing them, and of using them properly.

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Ἠθικά, 103a

Life is just a moment of eternity.

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Ἠθικά, 13b

Only the mind is rejuvenating as it gets older. And time, although it takes away everything else, adds knowledge to the aged.

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Ἠθικά, 5e

Same as plants that with the right amount of water are nourished, but with a larger they drown, so is the soul raised with normal sacrifices, but subdued with excessive ones.

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Ἠθικά, 9b

For the care of the body, people came up with two sciences, medicine, and physical workout. For the illnesses and the cravings of the soul, the only medicine is philosophy.

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Ἠθικά, 7d

We should seek teachers, for our children, who are impeccable and unblemished in manners, and perfect in knowledge. And exactly as farmers support their plants with poles, so should teachers provide support, advice, and guidance to the young.

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Ἠθικά, 4b

Pleasure is decaying bodies on a daily basis causing them to lose their stamina and strength. And out of all that comes morbidity, fatigue during work, and premature aging.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 42

We shall not refer to beneficial pleasures as “pleasures” anymore, nor shall we know them as such, but we will call them “therapies”. Those who don’t belong in this category are just vain, daft and empty, that mislead with their variety and harm insidiously.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 44

Medicine for those who love knowledge has great theoretical value since its objective is salvation and health.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΒ, 8

The certain fear of punishment becomes the cause for despair. For he who expects his catastrophe, rushes into danger.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΝΓ, 11

As a mirror made out of gold and precious stones is useless if it doesn’t reflect faces correctly, so a rich bride is pointless if she is not right for her husband in life and character.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΟΒ, 16

The women who choose to dominate foolish men and not obey prudent ones resemble those who prefer to guide blind men rather than those who see and know how to follow.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΠΕ, 9

A man who loves the body makes a woman look after her external appearance. He who loves pleasure makes her seductive and vulgar, while the virtuous one makes her decent and reserved.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΠΕ, 10

Desire is by nature hard to rein. When wealth is added to it, then it becomes uncontrollable.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ϟΓ, 32

Without siblings, they say, neither wealth nor “godlike royal authority” possesses grace and worth.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΠΔ, 9

You should, therefore, strive to conquer love through the serenity of your character and your good deeds, and not through fear.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΗ, 42

With prudence, rulers should also have a mild manner, for the good of the common interest.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΗ, 43

The perfect judge is he who has never benefited himself, but judges according to the friendly acts displayed toward others.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Μ, 68

Serenity provides kingfishers with a safe and beautiful pregnancy and birth. Likewise, health does the same to the pleasures.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΑ, 3

Modest meals keep appetite within reasonable limits while the art of the cooks changes continuously the terms of pleasure, and not always for the best.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΑ, 6

We should fight against the appetites that exceed moderation and lead to that childish self-pity.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΑ, 7