Plutarch Quotes (233 quotes)
“It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.”
Plutarch's Morals (1871 edition)
“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.”
Moralia, II, 6.: "How to Profit by One's Enemies"
“Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.”
Lysander, sec. 17. - Parallel Lives
“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.”
Sertorius, sec. 16. - Parallel Lives
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Occupation: Philosopher, biographer, essayist, priest, ambassador, magistrate
Bio: Plutarch then named, on his becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, c. 46 120 AD, was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He was born to a prominent family in Chaeronea, Boeotia, a town about twenty miles east of Delphi.