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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The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.

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

For to err in opinion though it be not the part of wise men is at least human.

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.

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

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.

We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings which when worn with use we throw away.

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

I would rather excel in the knowledge of what is excellent than in the extent of my power and possessions.

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.

The wildest colts make the best horses.

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

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

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

Character is simply habit long continued.

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

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

No man ever wetted clay and then left it as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

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