Plutarch (c. AD 46 – AD 120), later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, was a Greek biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is classified as a Middle Platonist. Plutarch's surviving works were written in Greek, but intended for both Greek and Roman readers.
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Neither blame or praise yourself.
The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties donations and benefits.
Prosperity is no just scale, adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
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.
Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
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.