An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.
"Plutarch"; c. AD 46 – AD 120), was a Greek historian, Biography/biographer, and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia.
He is considered today to be a Middle Platonism/Middle Platonist.
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Character is long-standing habit.
So very difficult a matter is it to trace and find out the truth of anything by history.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one is adversity.
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.
Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle.
Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.
Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
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.
No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.
I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.
Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.
In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.
It is certainly desirable to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
The giving of riches and honors to a wicked man is like giving strong wine to him that hath a fever.
For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.
Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
The wildest colts make the best horses.